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State Lawmakers in South-West region urges SW-Governors to expediate Amotekun Bill for immediate passage into law

Amotekun, South-West Security Outfit

The State House of Assemblies in South-West region have revealed that they would accelerate the hearing and approval of the Operation Amotekun Bill immediately the Governors in the region present it for approval.

The lawmakers in the region consequently urged the governors not to delay in sending the bill for hearing and passage into law.

Amotekun was proposed following the spate of banditry, killings and kidnapping in the South-West region by suspected Fulani bandits.

Consequently, the governors of Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states created Operation Amotekun on January 9, 2020 to provide security for its people in the South-Western region.

Amotekun was initially rejected by the Federal Government in a statement through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, saying that the security outfit was illegal, adding that the FG was not carried along in the setup.

The South-West Governors however reached an agreement with the Federal Government following intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in a meeting held in Abuja. AGF Malami, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, were present at the meeting.

The AGF and Commissioners of Justice in the South-West states have worked on a draft bill that would ensure the effective functioning of Amotekun in the region. The draft bill would be sent to the Executive Councils of each states for approval, before the final bill would be sent to the States House of Assemblies for passage and eventual signing into law by the Governors of the South-West States.

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