Amotekun legal frameworks underway –ODSG
Ondo State Government is putting finishing touches to the legal frameworks and the take off of the South-West regional security network Operation Amotekun.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu declared this at the thanksgiving service held at the Chapel of Grace, Government House, Akure.
Akeredolu spoke through the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Adekola Olawoye, SAN.
According to him, the legal framework would not only ensure that the initiative stands the test of time but also go a way at protecting residents living in the six southwest states of the country.
He said the move was to give legal backing to the initiative in furtherance of efforts at guaranteeing the safety of lives and property of residents.
He said all the South-West governors have given the scheme a push and it is a task that must be achieved before the end of this month, adding that all the traditional rulers are Amotekun ambassadors in their various domains.
Akeredolu lauded the monarchs in the state for keying into the present administration’s development master plan just as he said legal backing for operation Amotekun is being perfected.
He therefore solicited for improved support from the people, saying no community will be left behind in the train of societal transformation.
It would be recalled that the Attorney-Generals of the six South-West states at a meeting held in Ibadan had agreed that each of the south-west states; Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos would legislate and have its own security network operatives which would bear the name, Amotekun.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting on behalf of other Attorney- Generals, Prof. Oyewo denied insinuations or political undercurrent as why last week Thursday meeting could not hold as scheduled.
“Logistics and the challenges of the office of Attorney-Generals in the various south-west states necessitated the change in the meeting day, ”he explained.
Oyewole noted that the bill would be sent to the various state houses of assembly after it has been seen by the state executive councils(SEC) of the respective states.
He said the operational details and structural procedures of the security outfit would be uniform across the six states, to allow for collaboration amongst the states.
Oyewo reiterated that the security outfit would complement the existing security structure in the country.
He said Amotekun would be using the local intelligence, expressing optimism that the bill would not take too long before being passed into law by the respective states.
“So each of the states will have its own legislation and its own security network corp that will bear the name, Amotekun Corps,” he said.
In his sermon titled the Christian’s true nature, Revered Cannon Adedoyin Adebanjo of Bishop Emmanuel Gbonigi Anglican church, Akure highlighted the importance of peaceful coexistence and societal stability for meaningful socio-economic development.
The cleric therefore prayed God to guide and protect the masterminds and would-be operatives of Operation Amotekun even as he noted that human beings must play their roles while counting on God for total security.
The service hosted people from two communities of Akoko North-West council area namely Iyani-Akoko and Arigidi Akoko.
Recounting his four-day ordeals in kidnappers den in 2017, the Oniyani, Oba Joel Daudu described operation Amotekun as a welcome development.