The Ogun, Oyo and Osun states Houses of Assembly on Tuesday passed the state security network agency and Amotekun Corps bill as part of their determination to stem crimes and criminalities in the states.
In Ogun State the bill titled: “HB No 35/OG/2020- “A Bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps to Assist in Maintaining Law and Order in the State and Connected Purposes” was passed during a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, following the presentation of report of the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Security and Strategy by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif.
Sherif thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Hon. Musefiu Lamidi and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote after which the bill was later read and adopted Clause- by – Clause by the Committee of the whole House.
The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by the Majority Leader, seconded by Hon. Olusola Adams, while the Acting Clerk of the Assembly, Deji Adeyemo, did the third reading of the bill.
Speaker Oluomo, thereafter directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his assent.
In the same vein, Oyo State House of Assembly members said one of the objectives of the bill was to create a security network that would collaborate with and assist the police and other security agencies in maintaining law and order within the state by making available relevant information on crime.
The bill had earlier scaled through the first and second readings during an extensive deliberation on the floor of the House, after the draft bill was transmitted by Governor Seyi Makinde to the House.
Subsequently, it was committed to the Committee on Security and Strategy, headed by lawmaker representing Ibadan North West II Hon. Akeem Obadara.
The House thereafter conducted a public hearing attended by traditional rulers, farmers, driver unions, and other stakeholders, on on Monday 24th.
Obadara at the floor of the House on Tuesday stressed the bill proposal was a product extensive deliberation by critical stakeholders, noting its provisions was painstakingly subjected to clause-by-clause and point-by-point scrutinization at the public hearing.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Debo Ogundoyin said the House had fulfilled its fundamental responsibility of making people-oriented laws that would guarantee adequate protection of lives and property of the people of Oyo State.
Ogundoyin expressed optimism that the bill when sign into law would stem the tide of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other manifestation of criminalities that have continued to constitute hindrances to people’s normal social and economic life.
“By passing this bill, we have made history and we will be creating big strides towards providing and ensuring that all persons travelling along the highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland and forest are free to participate in their normal social and economic life without fear or hindrance.
“One of the major concerns has always been the issue kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and all other forms of criminalities.
“We believe that this bill will provide the needed security for our people”.
Ogundoyin who expressed confidence that the governor will be thorough with the implementation after assent, said “we can be rest assured that the implementation will be thorough, because we have not passed this bill in vain.
“You don’t need to preach to the converts. We have a governor who is an Amotekun himself and we have not passed the bill in vain, so you can be rest assured that the law will be accorded speedy assent by the governor”, he said.
The speaker added that the report encapsulated the views of the people, who are yearning for a well secured and well protected environment.
With the passage by the House, the bill is ready to be transmitted to Governor Makinde for assent.
In Osun State, the bill having gone through needed legislative procedure was passed with some amendments and corrections.
The Speaker, Hon Timothy Owoeye at plenary explained that the House having considered the grey areas pointed out at the last week public hearing before the bill scaled through the second reading and now passed into law for the assent of the state governor.
He pointed out that the Amotekun Corps law ensures that offenders should be identified by Corps and duly registered by the police and other relevant security agencies adding that the office of the Attorney General of the state must be notified of such identification and arrest.
The amendments also specified that Corps commander to be appointed by the governor with the confirmation of the Assembly must be assisted in the discharge of his duties by a deputy, field commander among others
The law had it that there shall be Area Command of the Amotekun Corps in each of the Federal constituencies of the state.
The Amotekun Corps law stated that a registered resident of the state upon the presentation of National identity card, Voters card or the Omoluabo card may be eligible for enlistment as a member of the Corps.
Owoeye commended the governor’s of the South West and the conference of speakers for their steadfastness on bringing the Amotekun Corps into fruition.
He also lauded members of the 7th Assembly of Osun for the support of giving the bill a speedy passage.
Owoeye stressed that after some administrative work on the passed bill, it will be transmitted to the executive arm of government.