Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo Assemblies pass Amotekun bill

The Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun  and Ondo Houses of Assembly on Tuesday passed the Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps bill into law. The bill seeks to unify the proposed law  guiding the security outfit  (Amotekun)  jointly established by the six  South-West governors.

The Lagos State House of Assembly unanimously passed the bill  after the Speaker,  Mudashiru Obasa, and his colleagues read it for the third time.

In Ogun, the bill titled  ‘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’  sent by Governor Dapo Abiodun was passed 19 days after.

In  Oyo State, the  House of Assembly called on Governor Seyi Makinde to sign the bill into law after  passing it.

In Osun State, the   House of Assembly passed the bill   after  amending some of the clauses in the bill.

In Ondo, the   House of Assembly passed the bill after the  Majority Leader,   Jamiu Maito, moved a motion for the  document  to be submitted by  the Chairman, House Committee on Security, Ololade Begudu,and  seconded by Mrs Favour Tomowemo, who represents Ilaje Constituency II.

Lagos Assembly

Prior to the passing of the bill, the House of Assembly organised a public hearing attended by top residents of the state.

At  the hearing,  Obasa  declared that Amotekun  had come to stay.

The Speaker  said, “I’m sure we all recall the incidents before the establishment of Amotekun, the killings, maiming, kidnapping and their likes.

“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.”

Ogun Assembly

The passage of the bill by Ogun  lawmakers at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo,   was done after the presentation of report of the Special Ad hoc Committee on Security and Strategy by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif.

Sherif thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by  Musefiu Lamidi and supported by the whole House through a voice vote.

The bill was later read and adopted clause by clause by the Committee of the Whole House.

The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by the Majority Leader, seconded by  Olusola Adams, while the acting Clerk of the Assembly, Deji Adeyemo, did the third reading.

Oluomo directed that a  clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the governor  for his assent.


Oyo Assembly

The Amotekun bill was passed  by the Oyo  Assembly after the third reading at a plenary presided over by the Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin.

Tuesday’s  sitting was overwhelmingly attended by lawmakers  who donned dresses with patterns of leopard (Amotekun) skin. The Clerk of the House and  other workers were also dressed like the legislators.

The Chairman, House Committee on Security and Strategy, Akeem Obadara, while presenting the report of his committee to the House, said  the bill was a product of extensive deliberation by critical stakeholders.

Ogundoyin said, “By passing this bill, we have made history and we will be creating big strides towards providing and ensuring that all persons travelling along the highways and  major roads as well as in  remote areas and forests are free to participate in their normal socioeconomic life without fear or hindrance.”

Osun Assembly

In one the clauses amended by  the  Osun Assembly, the lawmakers listed the presentation of  the National Identity Card or voter cards alongside Omoluabi card as one of the conditions  for  recruitment into Amotekun.

The House also proposed in the bill that the appointment of Commander for the corps must the subjected to the confirmation of the lawmakers.

Speaking to reporters after the bill was passed, the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, said Amotekun would help check the security challenges  facing  the South-West.

Owoeye said, “We cannot abandon the corps to the mercy of the executive. That was why we inserted a clause that the appointment of Corps Commander is subject to the confirmation of the House of Assembly.”

Ondo Assembly 

Meanwhile, the Ondo State House of Assembly  Chairman  of  Committee on Security,  Ololade Begudu, said there would be a board to be administered by a chairman who will be appointed by the governor.

He  said  there would be a commander of the outfit   must be a retired security officer of not below the  rank of a Major or its equivalent, adding that  their  appointment would be subjected to the confirmation of the Assembly.

The  state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kola Olawoye, said  history had been made following the  passage of the bill. – Punch.


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