Makinde Signs Amotekun Bill, Reads Riot Act To Kidnappers

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday signed the bill establishing the State Security Network Agency, code-named Operation Amotekun into law.

The signing took place at the executive council chambers in the Governor’s office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Governor Makinde while signing the bill called on prospective investors not to entertain any fear as the state government will not renege on its promise to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

Makinde also warned kidnappers, bandits and other perpetrators of heinous crimes to steer clear of the South Western region or face the music.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde clad in leopard skin outfit while signing the Amotekun bill in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

In a post on his Twitter handle, Governor Makinde said the signing of the bill is historic, he also explained how he signed the bill.

“This morning, I signed the State Security Network Agency (Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn) Bill, 2020 into law. It’s been a long and torturous journey that started as far back as July 2019. Today, history has been made as Oyo State joins other southwest states to have the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn law in force.

“I stated that the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn Corps is not a replacement for our traditional security agencies. It is to complement the efforts of the Federal security agencies who are stretched to the limit as a result of pockets of insecurity all over Nigeria.

“I seized the opportunity to thank our traditional security agencies for the work they are doing despite budgetary, operational and personnel deficits. And restated that the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn Corps will meet some of these gaps which will help secure Oyo State better,” Makinde posted on Twitter.

The lawmakers and other stakeholders who also witnessed the signing noted that the Amotekun Corps is not designed as a replacement for the existing security architecture.

They noted that it will complement other security agencies in the state.

Governor Makinde is signing the bill one week after the State Assembly passed the bill after a public hearing and intense deliberations.

Ogun, Osun Lawmakers Pass Amotekun Bill

 

Members of the Ogun and Osun State Houses of Assembly have passed a bill seeking a law establishing the Amotekun Corps and security network agency in the states.

The bill was considered by the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday in the respective legislative chambers of the Houses.

In Abeokuta, the bill was approved after the House Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif, presented the report of the Committee on Security and Strategy to the lawmakers.

Sherif stated that the committee recommended that the bill should be passed as approved by the Conference of Speakers of South-West State Legislators.

He, thereafter, moved the motion for the adoption of the report and was seconded by Musefiu Lamidi while it was supported by the whole House.

The Majority Leader then moved the motion for the third reading of the bill and his action was seconded by Sola Adams.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Deji Adeyemo, then read the bill for the third time while Speaker Olakunle Oluomo ordered that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for his assent.

According to the lawmakers, the bill is aimed at assisting in the maintenance of law and order in the state and will be a community policing body that will complement the work of other security agencies Ogun.

 

In Osogbo, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, presided over the plenary in which the bill was passed.

He explained that the bill was drilled through necessary legislative process, adding that all members of the house contributed immensely all-through the stages of readings to passage.

The speaker added that the need for synergy between the Nigeria Police and the Amotekun corps was duly considered before passing the bill.

He said the bill would be transmitted to the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, for his assent to make it a law.

A member of the House, Samotu Adebayo, was confident that the bill structured the security network in a way that would fizzle out all elements and forms of insecurity in Osun State.

Oyo Assembly Passes Amotekun Bill In Style

 

The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed the bill establishing the state security network agency, code named Operation Amotekun into law.

The Bill was passed on Tuesday, after a presentation of the report of the House Committee on Security and Special Duties at the plenary.

Dramatically clad in attires resembling leopard skin, the House deliberated and was unanimous in its decision to pass the bill which would create a security network to collaborate and assist the police and other security agencies to maintain law and order.

 

After deliberations at the House, the speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin said he was optimistic that the new bill would help stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal acts to pave way for a prosperous state, and by extention, the entire southwest region.

Operation Amotekun: Makinde Visits IGP Over Unrest In Oyo

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at the force headquarters, Abuja, over the Southwest security outfit – Operation Amotekun, as well as the raging local government crisis in the state.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting on Wednesday, Makinde explained that he deliberated with the police boss on the issues surrounding the Western Nigeria Security Network.

According to him, the IG agreed to hold a meeting with the southwest governors to review the situation.

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“Everybody is aware of the issue with Amotekun, so we deliberated, we had an agreement in principle to have the governors of the South West to meet with him (IG) to review the situation,” he stated.

“We are trying to build a new country where the rule of law is supreme, so everybody should be law-abiding, ensure that they don’t do anything that would create lawlessness.”

When asked about the current status of the security outfit, Makinde said, “It is a work in progress, we are trying to operationalise it and in doing that, all the relevant stakeholders would have to align.”

‘We Are Afraid’, Miyetti Allah Reacts To Creation Of ‘Operation Amotekun’

The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.

Alhassan who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, likened the initiative to the Oodua Peoples Congress (APC) which he claimed has the history of heinous crimes and killings.

“We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country,” he said.

He also described the initiative as a “threat to democracy”.

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Speaking further, he accused those calling for the creation of the security outfit of planning to displace the herdsmen in the Yoruba-speaking states.

“For us, Amotekun, the Yoruba tribal militia is one of the greatest threats to democracy we now have in place. You cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a violent crime.

“Essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC that have a history of ethnic crimes and killings. And the proponents of Amotekun have not hidden who their targets are. They have consistently said their target is to displace the herders from the Southwest,” Alhassan stated.

His comments come two weeks after Operation Amotekun was launched by the governors of South-western states, as part of an integrated approach to fight crime in the region.

But the Federal Government has described the initiative as illegal.

According to the government, no other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria,”  a statement by the Special Assistant, Media and Public Relations (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said.

Amotekun: AGF’s Statement Is Clearly Diversionary And Hypocritical – Falana

 

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has said that the Attorney General’s statement concerning Operation Amotekun is diversionary and hypocritical.

The human rights lawyer stated this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Falana said, “In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federal Government is clearly diversionary and hypocritical. Hypocritical in the sense that the governments of Kano and Zamfara states have set up HISBAH Commission and just recently, the HISBAH operatives in Zamfara State arrested a police officer alleged to have been caught in the midst of three women.”

 

Speaking further, Falana noted that in the northeast zone, there is a civilian JTF made up of 26000 volunteers armed to assist the military in waging the counter-insurgence operations.

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Citing other examples, the rights activist stated that in Lagos state there is the neighborhood watch created by law, an organization that he argues is working and assisting the police to address security challenges in the state.

According to Falana, it is disturbing that the Attorney General of the Federal Government can say that his legal opinion was not sought, stressing that there is no constitutional nexus between the Attorney General of the Federal Government and the state governments in that each state of the Federal Republic has its own Attorney General.

He argued that to talk of the Attorney General of the Federation is a misnomer, a carry-over from the military era. Falana explained that Mr. Malami is the Attorney General of the Federal Government in Abuja while other states have their own Attorney Generals to advise the government.

Having said this, the Senior Advocate surmised that the AGF has no power to proscribe any organisation in Nigeria.

FG Declares Operation Amotekun Illegal

 

The Federal Government has declared ‘Operation Amotekun’ as an illegal outfit.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Assistant, Media and Public Relations (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

“The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law,” the statement read.


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The security body was recently launched by the governors of the South-West states to tackle kidnapping and other criminal activities in the zone.

But the Federal Government maintained that “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”.

According to the government, consequently, no other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.

Read the full statement below.

Press Release on the Paramilitary Organisation named “Amotekun”

Federal Republic of Nigeria is a sovereign entity and is governed by
laws meant to sustain its corporate existence as a constitutional
democracy. It is a Federation of states, but with the Federal
Government superintending over matters of national interests.

The division of executive and legislative authority between the Federal
and State Governments has been clearly defined by the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

It is against the same background that matters relating to the peace,
order and good government of the Federation and in particular, the
defence of the country, are enshrined in the Exclusive Legislative
List. The Second Schedule in Item 17 deals with defence. This is a
matter that is within the exclusive operational competence of the
Federal of Government of Nigeria. No other authority at the state
level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority
over defence.

The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is
illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law. The
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has
established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and
other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the
defence of Nigeria.

As a consequence of this, no State Government, whether singly or in a
group has the legal right and competence to establish any form of
organization or agency for the defence of Nigeria or any of its
constituent parts. This is sanctioned by the provision of Item 45 of
the Second Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria (as amended) authorizing the Police and other Federal
government security services established by law to maintain law and
order.

The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses
associated with organization, administration and participation in
“Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.

Finally, it is important to put on record that the Office of the
Attorney General and Minister of Justice was not consulted on the
matter. If it had, proper information and guidance would have been
offered to ensure that Nigeria’s defence and corporate entity are
preserved at all times.

Signed

Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
SA Media and Public Relations
(Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice)

Amotekun: Southwest Governors To Formalise, Use ‘Vigilante Groups’, Says Owoseni

 

The Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, has explained that vigilante groups have been adopted and recruited into the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

The South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, was launched by the governors of South-western states on Thursday in a bid to have an integrated approach in fighting crimes in the region.

Speaking on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, Mr Owoseni said that before the narratives came out properly from the governors, so many people had corrupted what ‘Amotekun’ means, and it was only right to set the records straight.

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He described the personnel who will be working with the Police as ‘vigilante’, and Southwest is a network formalising them.

The security expert used Oyo state as a point of reference, intimating that the police command has been working with the vigilante groups, and they are registered at each area commands.

“People decided to corrupt the interpretation of what it is, people were just jittery. The summary of it is that it is an enlargement of what Lagos is doing, the Neighbourhood watch. We have enlarged the scope and integrated in the southwest, so call it Neighbourhood watch Southwest Vigilante.

“The problem had always been that they have supported security activities and government don’t bother or know about their existence, so they are now formalizing them, making them officially recognised and providing those tools with which they will work with.

“So what the Southwest is doing is that they have recognised them formally, captured them into the security architecture and provide for them by buying equipment and pep talk because they are already trained,” he added.

The former police commissioner in Lagos and Benue state stated that it is not cast on a stone that the Vigilante’s will carry guns, but if necessary, such an approach will be adopted.

“Nobody has said that they will be armed and even in our different areas, we have the vigilantes who carry Dane guns and if it is necessary for the Amotekun personnel to carry Dane guns because the hunters do so with their dogs, those are their tools and it is not illegal; they are not going after anyone, in security architecture, they are local human intelligence, they work with the conventional security groups.

“With the guidelines, the DFID had written for the police, part of it is that each of the locality, the DPO must have their register but before it wasn’t formalised and now it has been formalised, not only have their names and addresses, you can capture them biometrically, so each of them will have identity cards.”