OYO GOVERNOR OVERSEES PASSING OUT OF AMOTEKUN

Speech at the Passing Out Parade of the Oyo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun When the story of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun is told, it will be on record that it was officially launched on January 9, 2020. However, the Amotekun journey began earlier. In July 2019, the six states of the southwest, namely Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo States, agreed to set up this outfit. Amotekun is indeed a first of its kind security agency because it is a regional security outfit initiated…

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SOUTHWEST GOVERNORS, PRESIDENCY DISAGREES OVER WHO CONTROLS STRUCTURE OF AMOTEKUN

The South-West states, through the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission, have disagreed with the Presidency that the Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, will now be run in accordance with the structure defined by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Tuesday on Sunrise Daily, a programme of Channels Television, that the structure of the security network would be as prescribed by the IG. Shehu was speaking on the approval of N13bn by the…

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SOUTH WEST ATTORNEY GENERALS WORK OUT MODALITIES FOR AMOTEKUN OPERATION AMONG STATES

Some of the security vehicles provided by South-West states for the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. ‌ Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The attorneys general of the six states of the South-West have begun moves to strengthen collaboration among the Amotekun security networks in the states in the zone. Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda, said the AGs, who would henceforth operate under the aegis of the AGs of South-West states of Nigeria Forum, had also set up a committee on the harmonisation and uniformity…

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OSUN TO SIGN AMOTEKUN BILL TODAY

From Toba Adedeji, Osogbo   Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola will today sign Amotekun bill into law, a source in the Governor’s Office has said. The source confided in The Nation that the bill, though passed by the Assembly, was brought to the Governor’s Office last night and will be signed by Governor Oyetola today.   The media aide to the Speaker, Kunle Alabi, told our correspondent that the bill was passed since last Tuesday (March 4), adding that some administrative work delayed its transmission to the governor. Efforts to reach the Chief…

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ANTI AMOTEKUN PROTESTS ROCK LAGOS

Youths in their large numbers on Thursday took to the streets of Lagos to protest against the western Nigeria Security network codenamed Operation Amotekun already passed into laws in some states in the region, thereby paralysing commercial activities in Agege area of the state. The group operating under the aegis of Yoruba Appraisal Group (YAG) organized a massive rally and commenced their procession from Women Development Centre in Agege down to Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja area of the state. They said Amotekun is an instrument to perpetrate crime and…

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MAKINDE WEARS AMOTEKUN OUTIFT TO SIGN REGIONAL SECURITY AGENCY BILL, SEE PIX

Wale Oyewale, Ibadan Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, signed the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill 2020 for the establishment of Amotekun Corps into law. The Oyo House of Assembly had on March 3, passed the bill to the governor for assent after organising a public hearing and after scaling third reading. The governor, who just arrived from the United States for a business summit, gave his assent to the bill one week after being passed to him by the lawmakers. The Speaker of the Oyo State House…

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HOW SOUTHWEST LAWMAKERS GAVE LEGAL BACKING TO AMOTEKUN

•Lawmakers adorn leopard skin regalia, amulets to pass Bill •Hunters, ‘agbekoyas’ in unique attires laced with charms Following incessant attacks by armed herdsmen and kidnapping in the South Western part of the country, the governors in the six states making up the region resolved to set up a regional security outfit, Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun aimed at enhancing security in the region. The launching of the security initiative on January 9 this year triggered controversy across the country as the Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the…

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OGUN ASSEMBLY PASSES AMOTEKUN BILL

The Ogun House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps. The Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sherif, had presented the report of the Committee on Security and Strategy during plenary in Abeokuta. Sherif stated that the committee recommended that the bill be passed as approved by the Conference of Speakers of South West Legislature. The majority leader moved the motion for the adoption of the report and it was seconded by Musefiu Lamidi a member of the…

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SOUTH WEST GOVERNORS, IGP, STAKEHOLDERS RATIFY AMOTEKUN FOR ZONE

…Maintain its not a regional police By Olasunkanmi Akoni Governors of the South West region, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu and stakeholders in the security profession, on Thursday, met in Lagos, and unanimously, endorsed the creation and operation of the controversial new security outfit in the region, “Operation Amotekun.” However, Adamu stressed that the new security outfit must be backed by law for it to be effective. They made their stance known after a closed-door meeting, tagged: “S’West Governors, IGP, and other stakeholders summit on Community Policing,” held…

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DETAILS OF AMOTEKUN SECURITY OUTFITS’ OPERATIONS SPELT OUT

 Robert Egbe   DETAILS of the operational guideline of the Southwest security outfit, Operation Amotekun, has emerged. According to the draft bill for the security outfit which is before state legislatures, obtained by The Nation, a governing board with sweeping powers will oversee the security outfit in each of the states. But the day-to-day activity will be run by the Amotekun corps commander, to be appointed by the governor. It is a uniform bill that will be passed by each of the six states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo…

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