- Operation Amotekun has been given full legal backing in Ekiti state
- On Monday, March 16, Governor Kayode Fayemi signed the Amotekun bill into law
- Fayemi said that the move by the state government is a warning to criminals in the state
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday, March 16, signed the southwest security initiative called Amotekun into law.
In his warning to criminals in the state, Fayemi said that security is a priority in his government, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The governor said that Amotekun is designed to track and deal with criminals not just in the state but also in the region. He said: “Amotekun will get them and they will be prosecuted.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the sale of forms for recruitment to individuals interested in joining the southwest security outfit had been temporarily suspended in Ogun state.
The sale of the form was earlier scheduled to commence on Monday, February 10, in the state. Legit.ng gathered that the coordinator of the security outfit in Ogun state, Taofeek Olawale, said this was as a result of the need to harness modalities and logistics for a hitch-free registration of applicants in the state.
The coordinator warned prospective applicants to beware of fraudulent and unscrupulous people who may want to take advantage of the situation.
He called for the cooperation of prospective applicants noting that a new date for the sale of the form would be announced soon.
The order by the federal government that the southwest governors should liaise with their respective Houses of Assemblies to come up with the law that would legalise the Operation Amotekun, the attorneys-generals of the six states had put finishing touches to the required legal framework on the initiative.
The action was taken to put the required legal framework for Operation Amotekun which aims at combating crimes in the region.
Legit.ng gathered that according to the details of the agreed framework, each of the southwest states would have their legislation and security network operatives, which would bear the name Amotekun corps.
Those in attendance were: Prof Oyewole Oyewo (Oyo), Oluwafemi Akande (Osun), Olawale Fapohunda (Ekiti), Adekola Olawole (Ondo), Akingbolahan Adeniran (Ogun) and Moyosore Onigbanjo (Lagos) who was represented by the director of civil litigation, S. A Quadri.
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