With a last-minute change, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde will approve tomorrow the bill that supports the establishment of the Oyo State Safety Agency under the name Amotekun Corps, 9jatoday learns.
The bill was enthusiastically approved by the Chamber of Deputies last Tuesday, when legislators and staff members used leopard print fabrics in the plenary. It was the only discussion of the day. The project passed the third reading and was approved by unanimous decision.
Yesterday, the Oyo State Governor’s Office was invited to begin making preparations for the ceremonial signing of the Amotekun bill by Governor Makinde tomorrow.
The governor played a key role in establishing regional security equipment due to the central location and the importance of Oyo State to the southwest.
For example, the security summit, which gave rise to the idea of Amotekun, was held in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State. The outfit was launched together at the Makinde office on January 9, before the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), outlawed regional security equipment.
Operation Amotekun was originally conceived as a regional security outfit by the governors of the Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos States.
The governors agreed to give legal support for each state’s legislature to overcome its illegality under the Nigerian constitution.
The state assemblies and the attorney generals of the six states worked together to generate the law that supports the Amotekun. Although it was created according to each state, the security outfit will still function as a regional organization, wearing the same uniform, with the same mode of operation, having several joint trainings for personnel and working together across their respective borders to prevent crimes or track down criminals.
According to a source close to the state government told 9jatoday that Governor Makinde was preparing to sign the law on Tuesday.