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Governor Seyi Makinde has signed into law the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill 2020 for the formation of the Amotekun Corps.

Makinde signed the bill on Tuesday at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office, in Ibadan wearing a leopard-print outfit.

The signing comes one week after it was passed to him by the Oyo House of Assembly. The lawmakers passed the bill to the governor for assent after organising a public hearing and after scaling third reading.

In attendance on the occasion are the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Head of Service, Ololade Agboola; Secretary to the State Government, Olubamwo Adeosun; and the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Oyewo Oyewole.

Also present on the occasion were the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundiran; Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Faceyi; the Clerk of the House, and other officials of the state.

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed into law the act establishing Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps.

The Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, during the plenary on Friday said, “Having passed through the third reading, the bill has become a law.”

The bill will now be transferred to the state governor for assent.

According to reports, the first two stages of passing the bill to law were done on Thursday before the plenary was adjourned till today.

The lawmakers, who debated the bill exhaustively in the chambers on Thursday, spoke on the appropriateness of the proposed law in view of the security challenges facing the state, region and Ekiti State.

A public hearing was also conducted on the Bill later on Thursday.

At the resumed sitting on Friday, the House Committee on Security presented the committee’s report.

The report was adopted by the committee of the House, then the Bill went into the third reading, which it passed through.

A part of law included in the bill of the embattled South-West Security outfit, nicknamed ‘Operation Amotekun’, has been leaked out on Wednesday.

Naijaparry recalls that Governor
Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has disclosed on Monday that law giving legal backing to the establishment of Amotekun will be made public on Friday, February 4.

Fayemi had noted that the law on Amotekun is part of the agreements reached by the state governors and the federal government over the setting up of the Amotekun outfit.

However, in a report given on Wednesday, it was revealed that one of the laws contained in the ‘Operation Amotekun’ bill includes a payment of fine amounting to N250,000 or a month’s prison term or even both for anyone who assaults an officer of the security outfit.

It further reveals that an official of the security outfit can also not be sued for any action taking while carrying out his duty, but will only be queried base on what he does in his personal interest outside the operation.

Naijaparry understands that the law was included into the Ekiti State Security Network Agency Bill 2020, now passed to the desk of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

Meanwhile, other state governours in the South-West have reportedly submitted the same bills to their respective houses of assembly as regards the ‘Operation Amotekun’ .

Part of the bill reads;

“Any person who willfully hinders, delays, obstructs or assaults a member of the Ekiti State Amotekun Corps in the course of the exercise of his lawful duties under this law shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of one month or to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty thousand naira only (N250,000.00) or to both such fine and imprisonment.”