Wednesday, November 25, 2020

IGP, Southwest governors unite on Operation Amotekun

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The coast became clearer on Thursday for the establishment of Operation Amotekun, the security network set up by Southwest governors.

Police Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu and six Southwest governors met in Lagos on Thursday on the operations of the security outfit.

The Operation Amotekun bill scaled second reading in the Houses of Assembly in Ondo and Oyo states. The draft bill was also ratified in Osogbo by the Osun State Executive Council.

The Ogun State House Assembly confirmed receipt of the draft bill from the executive.

The decision on Operation Amotekun by the IG and Southwest governors was announced after the meeting at the Lagos State House, Alausa, Ikeja.

At the meeting were Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), who is the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum.

Deputy Governors Rauf Olaniyan (Oyo); Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele (Ogun); Benedict Alabi (Osun) and Chief Bisi Egbeyemi (Ekiti) represented their governors.

Other stakeholders at the meeting were commissioners of Police, attorneys-general and commissioners for justice from the six states, representatives of other security agencies, monarchs, and representatives of Community Development Committees (CDCs).

Akeredolu and IG Adamu briefed reporters at the end of the meeting. They both alluded to the need for Operation Amatekun as a community policing strategy to tackle crime in Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states.

They, however, agreed that it will not be a regional outfit, but state-based.

Following the passage of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Operation Amotekun on Januray 9 in Ibadan, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami declared the outfit illegal.

But, after a meeting with the Federal Government, the governors agreed to ‘unbundle’ the regional connotation and formalise its establishments in the six states with relevant ligislations.

Fayemi had hinted of plans by the governors to simultaneously sign the bills into law today.