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Amotekun Bill Passes 1st Reading at OSHA

The “Osun Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps Bill 2020” has passed through the first reading on the floor of the Osun House of Assembly, OSHA, after it was presented by the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Timothy Owoeye.

Presenting the bill before the House, Mr. Owoeye said a letter and 40 copies of the draft Bill on the establishment of the Amotekun Security Network was forwarded to his office by Governor Gboyega Oyetola with the Governor requesting speedy passage of the bill.

The speaker said the bill emanated from the forum of Southwest governors in order to address the state of insecurity in the region and the country as a whole.

He said the conference of speakers in the Southwest had met on Friday alongside majority leaders and clerks in the region, to consider and see how to go about the bill.

Mr. Owoeye said they all agreed that all the Southwest Assemblies should conduct a public hearing and that Monday, February 24 had been designated for a public hearing on the bill so stakeholders would have a say and make a contribution.

He said after the public hearing on the bill, the conference of Southwest Speakers will meet again on Wednesday, February 26 with the Attorney Generals in the region to look at the inputs and contributions of stakeholders as far as the bill is concerned.

Copies of the draft bill were distributed to other lawmakers after the motion for the first reading was moved by the majority leader, Mr. Maruf Olanrewaju and seconded by member representing Egbedore State Constituency, Mr. Babatunde Ibirogba.

Funmi Adekoya

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