Ogun approves Amotekun bill

Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Government has approved the proposal for the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network known as Amotekun.

The government approved the security outfit at the state executive council meeting held at the executive chamber of the governor’s office in Abeokuta.

Amotekun was launched in January in all South Western states which include Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos and Ekiti. Legal backing is, however, needed to make it effective.

Governor Dapo Abiodun’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, said in a statement on Wednesday that the approval was given during the meeting held on Tuesday.

The statement read that the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Adegbolahan Adeniran, said the presentation of the bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioners of Justice of the six Southwest states.

“We presented the bill for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency or what many call the Amotekun Corp Bill of 2020,” he said.

“Today, the Executive Council of Ogun State met and adopted a draft as amended of a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency. This agency will comprise of the Amotekun Corp and this bill will be transmitted to the House of Assembly before the end of this week.

“It made all the Attorney Generals of the Southwest zone including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, and Lagos States to come together with the intervention of the DAWN commission that has been piloting the process, and we are able to have a draft model bill to be adopted by each of the states in accordance with their local circumstances and situations as the need arises.”