Paramilitary, Religious, Socio-Cultural Organisations Back Amotekun Corps Bill

Paramilitary Organisations, Religious groups and Socio-Cultural Associations including the Odua People’s Congress, OPC, the Agbekoya, Miyyeti Allah, Vigilante Group of Nigeria as well as Hunters Associations of Nigeria have presented different memorandum at a public hearing on Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill.  

Our correspondent report that The House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, the venue of the programme for the bill to back Amotekun Corps, was filled with security stakeholders and members of the public.

In a welcome address, Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Security, Mr. Akeem Obadara said the security challenges in the country necessitated the inclusion of relevant stakeholders at the grassroots, hence all hands must be on deck to ensure crimes are curbed. 

Speaking on behalf of the Speaker, Mr Adebo Ogundoyin, the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Abiodun Fadeyi explained that Amotekun Corps when in operation will not undermine the activities of existing security agencies as offenders will be handed over to the police for prosecution. 

Special Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State on security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni who allayed the fears of some ethnic group, explained that the proposed bill, when passed to law, will not witch hunt any ethnic or religious groups when operational. 

In a presentation, Representative of the Nigerian Police, Oyo State Command, SP Oluwabukola suggested that section 5 of the bill should be limited to the law for a private person to arrest, which is to hand over a suspect to security agencies. 

Dignitaries at the event included the representative of the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Chief Gboyega Adejumo, and Governor, Odua People’s Congress, Mr. Rotimi Olumo. 

Kehinde Mosope

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