- Oyo state government has approved the take-off of Operation Amotekun
- Governor Seyi Makinde made the approval of N59.7 million for the beginning of the security network
- The take-off approval was given barely five months after the bill for Amotekun creation was approved by the state governor
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The Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo state has given approval of a whopping N59.7 million for the take-off of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) popularly known as Amotekun.
The disclosure was made by the state information commissioner, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Tuesday, August 4, after the executive meeting held virtually.
Olatunbosun said the state government made approval for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted boots, and the production of the logo to distinguish the personnel from other security agencies in the state.
Legit.ng recalls that the Amotekun was launched in January 2020 in the southwest of the country to tackle the menace of kidnappers and other security challenges in the region.
Oyo state House of Assembly on Tuesday, March 3, passed the Operation Amotekun bill into law. The bill was considered clause by clause before the third reading and final adoption and passage.
The lawmakers added local and traditional flavour to the historic bill as many of them wore customised outfits in the shade of leopard skin.
This publication also reported how Governor Makinde assented the bill on Tuesday, March 10, after the lawmakers' approval.
Governor Makinde, who dressed in Amotekun regalia alongside the speaker and other members of Oyo assembly, said the creation of the state security will consolidate the efforts of police and other security operatives in Oyo.
In a subsequent development, Olatunbosun said the uniforms and accoutrements which will be given to each recruited Amotekun corp will serve as a form of identity for the corps and will distinguish them from other security agencies in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid a spate of killing and bandit attacks on communities in the northwest region of Nigeria, Senator Shehu Sani has called for protection for traditional rulers.
Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, said this while reacting to recent attacks in Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno which left many people dead and properties ruined.
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