Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Osun Assembly Begins Consideration of Amotekun Bill

Correspondent Tope Alabi reports

A bill for a law seeking to establish the State of Osun Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps has passed through first reading at the plenary of the House of Assembly as the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye said that the House will give the bill an accelerated passage in view of its strategic importance of addressing challenges of insecurity.

The lawmakers who were on recess since January 13, 2020 had to call it off following the need to attend to matters of urgent public importance, relying on order 18 rules 2 and 3 of the House.

After adoption of the last proceedings, the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye informed lawmakers of the receipt of a correspondence from Governor Gboyega Oyetola seeking the consideration of a forwarded bill seeking the establishment of a Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps in the state.

Following a motion moved by the majority leader, Hon. Morof Olarewaju and seconded by Osun West Senatorial Whip, Hon. Babatunde Ibirogba, the bill was read for the first time.

Consideration of the bill is in line with the resolutions of the south west conference of speakers, to give the regional security Amotekun outfit the needed legal backing as initiated by the South West Governors to adequately address the challenges of insecurity in the region.

Meanwhile, monday February 24 has been slated for each of the South West States to simultaneously conduct public hearing on the bill with a view to aggregating public opinion on the proposed law.

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