A day after the passage of the bill by the members of the assembly, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has signed it into law. Signing the bill into law Governor Akeredolu reiterated that the Amotekun Corps “shall be complementary and not independent of the operations and efforts of the nation’s security agencies.
Lawmakers in Ondo state had to cut short their recess to give the bill on the security outfit codenamed Amotekun legislative scrutiny and accelerated passage. The members of the state assembly worked round the clock to ensure that the bill became law.
“We wish to reiterate that the Amotekun Corps is a child of necessity and was purely borne out of the need to explore other means of securing our forests and protecting all those who do legitimate business within the Southwest region. Akeredolu declared that “most importantly, the corps shall not be allowed for political purposes; it has no business at political rallies just as the Police must continue to discharge its obligations and responsibilities to the people”.
The manner in which the lawmakers dealt with the bill was sequel to the fact that they wanted to lead by example. Within two weeks the bill was ready after legislative scrutiny by the lawmakers and a public hearing which was attended by the governor and notable stakeholders as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ in the state. The stakeholders submitted memoranda and made inputs to the bill during the public hearing which took place on February 24.
Barely ten day after the public hearing, the bill for a law to establish the State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps bill was passed into law by the lawmakers. Giving an insight to the bill, the Chairman House Committee on Security Matter, Hon. Ololade Begudu said that the security agency would have a board to be administered by a chairman who will be appointed by the state governor. Begudu added that “the chairman must be a person of proven integrity and there would a commander to man the personnel of the corps on field.
The commander must be a retired security personnel not below the rank of a major or its equivalent and will be subjected to confirmation of the house of assembly.
Adorning Amotekun attire, Speaker Oleyelogun assured the people of the state that the bill “would reduce criminalities drastically in the state. He added that “the corps would be a community policing body that would complement the work of other security agencies in the state”.
The state Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General, Kola Olawoye who was present during the plenary said that with the passage of the bill “history had been made in the state. Olawoye said that “this is the first time that Yoruba race would speak with one voice without opposition. He added that “after all, it is the function and duty of government to protect the citizenry”.
Reacting to the development, the special Adviser to the governor on security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo said
“we are starting the recruitment of personnel immediately. We have perfected all the arrangement. This is novel. This is what we have been waiting for. We are now good to go”
Please check here later for an update on the recruitment exercise