Houses of Assembly in South West states of Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Lagos on Tuesday passed the bill for the establishment of Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps into law.
In Ogun, the bill tiled “HB No 35/OG/2020 – “A bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps to Assist in Maintaining Law and Order in the State and Connected Purposes,” was passed during the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, after report of the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Security and Strategy by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif was presented and adopted by the House.
In Oyo, the bill was passed after it scaled through third reading at the plenary that saw members of the House dressed in Amotekun Outfit.
Speaking on the bill, the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin said, “By passing this bill, we have made history and we will be creating big strides towards providing and ensuring all persons travelling on the highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland and forest are free to participate in their normal social and economic life without fear or hindrance.”
In Ondo, after a deliberation of the Bill which was forwarded to the House on February 18, it was passed into law. Also the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun wore Amotekun outfit to show support to the bill.
In Lagos, the bill was passed into law days after the Assembly conducted public hearing on the bill.
Speaker Mudasiru Obasa while commenting on the bill said ,“I am sure we all recall the incidents before the establishment of Amotekun – the killings, maiming and kidnapping. In the wisdom of our governors, they decided on Amotekun. Our race has spoken and we must stand by it but in line with the constitution.”
The Osun State House of Assembly also passed the bill on Tuesday after it undergone some amendments. The Bill provides that the Amotekun commander to be appointed by the State Governor subject to confirmation by the Assembly.