GOVERNOR Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, yesterday, disclosed that the proposed bill that would give legal backing to the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun will be signed into law on Friday, February 14 by the six south-west state governors.
Fayemi, who made this disclosure in his office in Ado-Ekiti at the official presentation of the draft bill by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda noted that the South West Houses of Assembly had promised to give the bill accelerated passage.
This came as the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN confirmed that recruitment of personnel was on-going in some states of the zone.
It was also gathered that speakers of various Houses of Assembly have assured that they would expedite actions on legislation that would give more credibility to the outfit.
Governor Fayemi said the draft bill will be subjected to extensive debate and discussion during the State’s Executive Council meeting tomorrow for immediate transmission to the House of Assembly.
Fayemi explained that the creation of Amotekun was meant to protect every law-abiding resident in the region regardless of their tribe and ethnicity, debunking the insinuations that it was targeted at Fulani herdsmen. Expressing optimism that the security outfit would end the scourge of kidnappings, banditry and other criminal activities in the region, the governor added that it was in consonance with the community policing programme of the Federal Government.
His words: “It was one of the highlights of our meeting with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, including the six governors of the South West where we met to iron out the emerging different opinions on the outfit, including the security and well-being of every Nigerian, no matter where they might have come from.