Forest guard law can back Operation Amotekun, says Falae
•South-west state assemblies set to pass bill supporting security outfit
The Houses of Assembly in the six South-west states have begun the process of passing the bill establishing the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun.
The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, said this on Saturday while reacting to the question on the readiness of the Houses of Assembly to pass a bill that would give the outfit of legal backing.
Oluomo said the bill would be passed simultaneously by the six Houses of Assembly.
According to him, the Majority Leaders in the Houses of Assembly have been saddled with the task of coming up with a bill on Operation Amotekun.
He said, “The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, known as DAWN Commission, is to come up with a unique draft bill that will be passed simultaneously by all Houses of Assembly in the South-west.
“Similarly, the South-west Legislative Reform Committee made up of our Majority Leaders are also working on the bill for Security, Economic and Infrastructural joint projects by South-west states.”
When asked whether the process of passing the bill on the outfit had commenced, Oluomo answered in the affirmative.
Also, the Oyo State Head of Special Duties, Adetayo Adeleke, said the state was pushing for a bill that would give Operation Amotekun legal backing.
Adeleke said, “We are at the last stage of the process. Once that is done, very soon, within the first quarter of this year, I think Amotekun should be properly operational.
“When it would be pushed to the House of Assembly depends on the CAC registration. Right now, they are operating on executive mandate. I am sure that should be possible as well in this first quarter.”
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, also promised that they would support the outfit.
Ogundoyin, who is representing Ibarapa East in the Assembly, said, “We are looking into the possibility of that now. Definitely, the House will work on it.”
However, the Press Secretary to the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Kunle Alabi, said there might not be any need for such legislation.
He said those who would work with the outfit would be under the supervision of the police and other security agencies that would be involved.
Alabi added, “This is not a regional police or army. The police and other security agencies have their constitutional roles as stipulated by the law.
“Amotekun is not a regional police or army. Their activities will not necessarily need the backing of new laws since their roles will be minimal.”
However, the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye, said on Saturday the outfit was not a matter for Ekiti State alone, but a South-west initiative.
Afuye said, “The legislatures in the South-west may sit down and map out a legislative backing if there is a need for it.
“All the stakeholders will sit down and see what is necessary in terms of law, legislation, concerning Amotekun. It belongs to the SouthWest. Good enough we have a forum – Conference of South-west Speakers. At that forum, we may discuss the issue of Amotekun.
“What is important is that whatever laws we are going to make will be within the context of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Whatever laws, if there will be a need, will be without prejudice to the constitution and sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra on Saturday lauded South-west governors for setting up Operation Amotekun.
But the proscribed group chided South-east governors for “making the South-east region a fertile ground for Fulani herdsmen and their activities”.
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