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S’West strengthens Amotekun as Attorneys-General unveil Draft Bill




The south west region has move to give its new security outfit, Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) a.k.a Amotekun a legal teeth in order to seemlessly flow in the waters of constitutionality.

The move culminated into a parley by the Attorneys-General of the six states in the Southwest geo-political zone where they approved a draft bill for the establishment of the security outfit.

The Attorneys-General also rested speculations in some sections of the country that Amotekun was formed to assist the region secure the presidential seat come 2023 general polls.

The chief law officers made the disclosure after rising from a closed door meeting in Ibadan, the headquarters of Oyo State.

With the exception of Lagos state whose Attorney General sent a representative, all the other AGs were physically at the meeting.

They are; Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, Oyo; Mr. Oluwafemi Akande, Osun; Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, Ekiti; Mr. Adekola Olawole and Ondo; Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, Ogun.

Reports indicated that with the legal framework, each of the states in the region will enact its own legislation and establish its own security network operatives, which will bear the name Amotekun Corps

Addressing journalists after the meeting in company of his counterparts, Professor Oyelewo Oyewo the AG of Oyo State, denied insinuations of any political meaning to the reason the meeting could not hold on Thursday as scheduled.

According to him, logistics and the challenges of the office of Attorneys-General in the various South-west states necessitated the change in the meeting day.

Giving details of the legal framework, he said the draft bill would be sent to the various state Houses of Assemblies after it has been seen by the State Executive Councils (SEC) of the respective states.

He stated that the operational details and structural procedures of the security outfit would be uniform across the six states, to allow for collaboration amongst the states.

Oyewo reiterated that the security outfit “will complement the existing security structures in the country. Operation Amotekun will be using the local intelligence.”

He said the bill would not take too long to be passed into law by the states.

He said: “We deliberated on the plan to evolve a collaborative security network/agency in the region. We have been able to come up with a legal framework to back the establishment of such security network in each of the states.

“So each of the state will have its own legislation and its own security network corps that will bear the name Amotekun Corps,” the Oyo attorney-general explained.

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