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Amotekun: Over 4,500 graduates apply in Osun

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No less than 4,625 graduates reportedly applied for various positions in the ongoing recruitment into the Amotekun Corps in Osun state.

According to a report by The Nation, 35% of the applicants are graduates, with twenty per cent of the them university graduates from various disciplines, while 15 per cent have Higher National Diploma.

Application for job in Amotekun Corps in the state ended on Tuesday, June 27 with about 13,000 applying for placements.

The data obtained from the office of the corps on Friday revealed that the majority of the 13,216 applicants were married men.

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Further analysis of the applicants indicates that 1,891 single females also applied for recruitment.

According to other details obtained, male applicants are 9,214 out of which 8, 615 are married.

The data reveals that 4,002 females out of which 2,011 are married also applied for placements.

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Further breakdown of the educational qualifications of the applicants shows that “10 per cent of them possess Ordinary National Diploma, while five per cent of them have National Certificate of Education.

Senior School Certificate Examination holders make up 40 per cent of the applicants, with six per cent of them having Primary School Leaving Certificate.

Those in the category of non-education constitute four per cent of the total number of the applicants.

The Director-General of Amotekun Corps in Osun, Mr Amitolu Shittu, in a chat, assured that “the applicants will be properly screened and subjected to various tests.”


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Operation Amotekun: Leopard recruitment begins in Ondo

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The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, has announced the commencement of its recruitment.

Adetunji Olu-Adeleye, Amotekun Corps Commandant in the state, who made this known on Tuesday in Akure, said the recruitment form would attract no charges.

Amotekun is a security outfit based in all the six southwest states aimed at curbing insecurity in the region.

Olu-Adeleye advised interested indigenes between ages 18 and 70 years, with minimum qualification of primary school certificate, to apply for employment.


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[Nigeria] PDP warns Oyetola – Says Don’t Compensate APC Chieftain with Amotekun Appointments.

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The Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Governor Gbeyega Oyetola against compensating his supporters with appointments into Amotekun security outfit.

The controversial security outfit was the initiative of southwestern Governors to deal with the security challenges in the region.

Like other South Western states, Osun state has passed the bill supporting the establishment of the outfit.

However, in a statement signed by Olasoji Adagunodo, the Chairman of the opposition party in Osun, Mr Oyetola has been advised to be “cautious in his possibly ‘back on the wall’ move to compensate some idle chieftains of his party in the State at the expense of Amotekun, the security support outfit created to tackle growing insecurity in the South West.”

The statement was gathered by NobleReporters on Tuesday.

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This followed the governor’s announcement of an Osun Apc chieftain, Comrade Amitolu Shittu as Director-General of Amotekun in the state.

According to Mr Adagunodo, the PDP agreed that the Governor was at liberty to find jobs for his idle boys and party members but certainly not in exchange for the security of lives and properties of residents of the State.

He stated that the advice is necessary for the view of the unauthorized appointment of political supporters of the governor and his party members without recourse to the edict that established the Amotekun outfit or the approving authority which is the State House of Assembly.

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He recalled that the security support outfit was established to combat growing insecurity in the South West and an act was ordered to be promulgated by each state government with approving the power of the edict resting solely on the state houses of assembly in each of the states.

The PDP chairman noted with concern that the Amotekun may be heading for the rocks if technical handlers of the outfit are highly partisan persons which the appointment of Mr Amitolu seems to portend and represent. The appointment according to Osun PDP, patently runs foul of the state House of Assembly legislation establishing Amotekun in the state, either in title or descriptive stipulations of persons suitable for such appointment.

Reeling out the stipulations in the law establishing Amotekun in Osun State, he mentioned that the Amotekun Agency is to be headed by a Corps Commander who shall have proven knowledge and relevant experience in security matters and his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the State House of Assembly (HOA).

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Mr Adagunodo added that the Corps Command Management Team shall be headed by the Corps Commander, to be assisted by Deputy Corps Commander, Adminstrative Commander, Operations Commander, Investigation Commander and Field Commander.

The PDP chairman further explained that the Amotekun Governing Board shall be headed by a Chairman with proven integrity and experience in security matters.

The opposition party, however, argued that the appointment of a Director-General and the directive to resume work immediately as Amotekun Director-General in the state was self-serving and alien to the Laws that established Amotekun in Osun State.

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“But for the general security of lives in the State and possible dangerous precedence, the PDP was never interested in joining issues with Mr Governor and his advisers, who have clearly been acting dictatorial by failing to put up the administrative and operational outfits of Amotekun that are necessary, legal and by going through due process with the state House of Assembly for debate and approval before coming up with a non-existent appointment under the Amotekun Law.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that, as usual, another policy of the governor has somersaulted by unilaterally equating Amitolu’s Relationship of APC “State Boys” to that of a legally established outfit like Amotekun Corps Commander, which according to him, does not require any further Parliamentary input. The party, therefore, advised His Excellency, to take a 360 degree turning to avoid destroying whatever is left of his personal integrity and that of his wobbling government,” the statement read in parts.


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[Nigeria] Osun Governor appoint PCRC Chairman as DG, Amotekun Corps.


Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has appointed the Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC), Comrade Amitolu Shittu, as the Director-General (DG) of the newly established Amotekun Corps.

Also, he announced the Director-General (DG) of the Bureau of Social Services (BOSS), Richard Tinubu, who is a trainer and Management Consultant.

The governor in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ismail Omipidan explained that BOSS was established by the State government to leverage premium human resources and technological innovation in driving effective monitoring and evaluation of Social Service delivery to ensure public value and fiscal discipline.

He noted that both appointments took effect immediately adding that the appointments were in line with the commitment of Governor Oyetola to the security and welfare of the people of the State.

Oyetola said, “Shittu, 55, an activist committed to truth, the people, and good governance, is expected to bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades to bear in the discharge of his new responsibility with absolute loyalty and dedication.

“Tinubu, also 55, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (International Business) from Lagos State University.

“After spending a decade working for multi-nationals, he joined Capital Express Insurance as Head, Business Development and Marketing before joining politics.

“As a professional in politics, the Igbajo-born Development Consultant believes in serving mankind, helping people in need and giving succour to those in distress, while empowering the people for self-development, with a view to mobilising them to contribute to good governance at all levels.”

“As the new DG of BOSS, Tinubu is expected to bring his several years of experience as a management consultant to bear in the discharge of his new assignment. “


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13 Fake Amotekun Officers Arrested in Ogun. [Nigeria]


A security outfit of the Ogun State Government, So Safe’ has arrested 13 persons parading themselves as officers of Amotekun Corps in the state.

The 13 suspects who mounted a checkpoint at Lafenwa area of Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state, wore reflective jackets with Amotekun inscriptions and were allegedly extorting money from members of the public.

So Safe’s Director of Information and Public Relations, ACC Moruf Yusuf said;

“So-Safe Corps, an Ogun State owned security agency has recorded another great achievement as officers and men of the corps deployed to enforce the COVID-19 Stay-at-home directives of the Federal/ State Governments in Ado–Odo Ota Division at about 16:16hrs, noticed a strange set of criminally-minded ones who disguised as a lawful security outfit.

“The culprits who were thirteen (13) in number were apprehended, claiming to be officers of Amotekun, Ogun State Command.

“During preliminary investigation, the suspected fake officers claimed that their operation had a solid backing of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.

“The suspects who were kitted with reflective jackets with Amotekun inscription with two(2) vehicles and three(3) motorbikes were caught at the spot they mounted a checkpoint and were extorting the public at Lafenwa, Itele Ota, located at Ado Odo Ota Local Government.

“The suspects have been transferred to the Nigeria Police, Itele Division for further investigation and likely prosecution.”


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Operation Amotekun set to be legalised soon – Lagos govt.


The Lagos State Government announced on Sunday that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would soon sign a bill to establish Amotekun Corps recently passed by the state House of Assembly into law.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said this in an interview in Ikeja. N.Rs gathered


NobleReporters reports that Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo States are some of the states in the South West that have enacted laws to create Amotekun Corps in their respective states.

Hamzat said the essence of establishing Amotekun Corps in the state was to boost security, especially along major highways and border communities.


He said: “Yes, we will sign it (Bill).
“And on the Amotekun Bill, I think we all know what Amotekun is all about.

“The design of Amotekun is for us to be able to patrol our borders with neighbouring state.


“Lagos has one neighbouring state, Ogun State.

“So, if you are a criminal and you are trying to run from Ogun to Lagos State and vice-versa, Amotekun is there to chop you off.


“That is the essence.”

The deputy governor said the state government already had the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, a complementary community policing outfit, before the idea of Amotekun came up.


He said the state sent the bill establishing the LNSC to all the states in the South West to enrich the formation of their respective Amotekun corps.

Hamzat said a lot of operatives of the LNSC would go into the state’s Amotekun Corps to feed the new outfit with information on their areas of coverage.

The deputy governor said the Amotekun Corps, through intelligence sharing, would help to check trans-border crimes in the South West.
He recalled that it was through intelligence sharing that the state government was able to rescue some pupils who were kidnapped in Lagos in Ondo States a few years ago.


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Operation Amotekun: Bill return for passage on Wednesday.


The stage was set on Sunday night for the resumption of legislative works on the bill seeking to establish Amotekun Corps in the six Southwest states.

Lawmakers in Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo states will be finalising the process beginning from today.

Speakers and Attorneys-Generals of the states met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where they made observations, suggestions and cleared conflicting areas identified during the public hearings conducted by the states last week Monday.


They did a clause-by-clause deliberation on the issues raised at the public hearings that held simultaneously in the states.

At the meeting were Speakers Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo), Timothy Owoeye (Osun), Bamidele David Oleyelogun (Ondo), Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos), Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti) and Olakunle Oluomo (Ogun).


The speakers adopted a uniform law for the security outfit to ensure uniformity and ease of regional cooperation on training, equipment and intelligence sharing.

It was learnt on Sunday that the Oyo State House of Assembly will tomorrow (Tuesday) pass into law the bill backing the establishment of the Oyo State Amotekun Corps.


The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, told The Nation that the bill, which has passed through Second Reading, will be passed into law at tomorrow’s plenary.

A source in the Assembly revealed that the request by Miyetti Allah to have its members recruited into the outfit was not accommodated in the bill to be passed.


The group made up of herdsmen, had during the public hearing requested that its members be recruited along with others into the security outfit.

The request was contained in its memorandum to the public hearing committee in Ibadan, the state capital last week.


In Lagos, the Tunde Braimoh-led Committee on Information, Strategy and Security of the Lagos State House of Assembly will tomorrow present its report on the proposed amendment to the Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency Law 2019 at plenary.

The law is being amended to create Amotekun Corps in line with the region’s effort to tackle rising crime waves such as kidnapping for ransom, killings, robbery and banditry.


The House suspended its recess two weeks ago to consider an executive bill sent to it.

Information revealed that the House is resuming plenary tomorrow at 12noon.


According to the notice sent out to lawmakers and legislative staff, the bill will be laid and presented by the committee.

The notice reads: “At the plenary, the House shall consider laying and presentation of report on a bill for a law to amend the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency Bill, 2020.”


Also in Akure, the Ondo State House of Assembly will tomorrow pass the Amotekun Corps’ Bill.

According to the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole, the lawmakers had done what was required by organising a public hearing after cutting short their recess last week.


Omole said the lawmakers are ready to pass the bill tomorrow like their counterparts in other Southwest states.

The bill on the Osun State Security Network and Amotekun Corps will be passed into law on or before Wednesday, Speaker Timothy Owoeye told The Nation on Sunday night.


He told our reporter that he and his colleagues will resume legislative work on the constitution of the bill from today.

Owoeye said: “From tomorrow (today), we will start considering the suggestions and recommendations of individuals and groups from the public hearing. By Wednesday latest, we will pass the bill and send to the governor for his assent.


Barring the unforeseen, the Amotekun Bill will be passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly tomorrow, Speaker Kunle Oluomo assured last night.

In a telephone chat with The Nation, Oluomo said: “The bill having concluded the public hearing on the bill a week ago, and the document gone through reconciliation and harmonisation in Ibadan by all the Southwest Speakers, Majority Leaders and attorneys-general among others, it was resolved that each state Assembly should pass the Bill into law on Tuesday (tomorrow).

He added: “When it is eventually passed by the Assembly and eventually signed into law by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the bill would be translated into indigenous languages for easy understanding so that essence of it will be felt by all even in remote area of the state.

The speaker reiterated the bill’s importance to protect the overall wellbeing of residents and investors in the state, emphasising that intelligence gathering remained the fulcrum of any effective security outfit.


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Operation Amotekun: Gani Adams propose Ammo use for Group


The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has called for the possession of firearms for Amotekun security outfit.

Adams made the call on Monday during the public hearing of the state security network agency bill 2020 in Oyo State.


Represented by Gboyega Adejumo, Adams said that the use of guns will be ineffective for their operations, adding that hoodlums and criminal-minded persons may attack operatives once it was observed that they had no arms.

Also, Oyelowo Oyewo, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, who spoke during the event, said one of the objectives of Amotekun was to share intelligence about crime, suspicious activities and other criminal activities.

He said, “It is also meant to protect lives and property within the state and ensure that people travelling on highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forest and inland waterways carry out their normal socio-economic activities without fear or hindrance.”


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Operation Amotekun: Miyetti Allah wants to join Leopard

tells Oyo govt to enlist members


Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has told the Oyo State Government to include its members in the Amotekun security network.

A former chairman of the association, Yaqub Bello, said this during a public hearing of the state security network agency bill 2020 in Oyo State.


He said, “Some of us have been in Oyo State for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.

“So, our request is to include Miyetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun to enhance the job of the outfit, since we know the terrain of where we rear our cattle.

“Having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun officials to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and criminals while on patrol. A Fulani man can also serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman.”

Operation Amotekun is an idea of governors of the six South-West states to combat insecurity in the region.


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Operation Amotekun: Actions Have Been Taken For Legality – Ogun Speaker


The Ogun State House of Assembly has considered and taken necessary legal processes on the South-West Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this to Channels Television at his office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.


Oluomo explained that the actions taken by the lawmakers were expected to make Amotekun a legally acceptable security outfit and deliver on its core mandate.

Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, during an interview with Channels Television in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He also gave an update on the journey so far in the legislative procedure for the actualisation of the security outfit.

The speaker, however, sought the support and understanding of residents of the state to ensure the success of the outfit in securing their lives and properties.


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Amotekun, Shege Ka Fasa Will Not Work – Ekweremadu Allege


A former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that with so many ethnic diversities in Nigeria, community policing will not work.


Claiming that many Nigerians are living in denial, Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable, NobleReporters learnt

He said that as a federal system, what should be done is a decentralisation of the police, not community security outfit like Amotekun and Shege Ka Fasa because they will operate in ways completely different from what is prescribed in the constitution.


Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable.
The former deputy Senate president said: “Amotekun is different from what the federal government is saying about community policing.

“They have personnel who are going to deal with issues unlike what the federal government is proposing.”

Moreover, he said that the creation of regional security initiatives is proof that people have lost trust in the ability of the government to ensure their security.


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Meet Man who proposed Amotekun 4 years back


It happened on two occasion in 2015 and early 2016. The first was when he sat with some youthful friends, most of whom he often relates with to gauge the pulse of the majority. The venue was Agege, his base. In that meeting, Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, muttered the need for a collective security outfit with a will and goal to support the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), especially in the South Western part of the country.

Obasa understood what he meant. This was at a time there were hush discussions about threats from bandits, alleged herdsmen and kidnappers. Ikorodu was gradually emerging a notorious zone for criminals trying to test their whits. Was Obasa right? Was he wrong? The two questions rested in the hearts of those he was speaking with.
Few weeks later, Obasa again, with few lawmakers, some aides, and friends, during a non-formal discussion, herped on the need for a zonal security outfit. According to him, since the call for state and community policing had constantly hit the brickwall, it would make sense to have an organisation that is considered closest to the grassroots. There was the argument that the police, as much as they try, may not find it easy enough routing crime from every nook and crany of a state.


This is predicated on the fact that there is a central authority in Abuja, many kilometres away from states and this tends to challenge timely interventions in the case of emergencies. For example, a police unit would sometimes have to reach out to the commissioner, who, in turn, follows the chain of command in the case of any emergency till it gets to the Inspector-General. The response then follows same chain till it gets to the unit. The effect of this can only be left to imagination.

Again, his idea remained fallow, maybe to others. Later developments showed that the speaker never discarded the thought. The State Neighbourhood Safety Agency, which also controls the activities of the Vigilante Corps in the state, is the result of that thought.


Single-handedly sponsored by the speaker, the bill, which later became a law establishing the agency, sought for a more refined way of tackling crime, through effective surveillance and proactive actions. Has the Neighbourhood Watch helped the state, which wants to pride itself as a mega city in the near future? The answer is a ‘yes’.

One of its first test happened shortly after it was created. Badoo, the dreaded cult-like body that had a particularly strange way of killing their victims, evolved. It was mainly in Ikorodu. The criminals had suddenly mastered the act of nocturnal practices that left sorrows, anguish, tears and blood behind their trail. They hit at night while their unsuspecting victims slept. In some cases, they killed men, at other times, the women could not escape their attack. On a particular occasion, they reportedly killed a man, his wife and child. It was a pathetic situation that needed to be urgently curbed.


The police, under the supervision of Edgal Imohimi as commissioner, was having sleepless nights. Communities affected were in disarray, those not yet hit could not live in peace. Local vigilance groups were set up. Then, Neighbourhood Watch drafted its men to support the police. It only took a little more time, the cult group was run over, its leaders were arrested and peace returned to Ikorodu.

Since the Establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch, the organisation has assisted in quelling tensions, supported the state’s traffic management agency in resolving traffic issues, liaised with law enforcement agencies and carried out emergency activities. Above all, it has pulled out some residents from unemployment. It has also continued to enjoy accolades.

One cannot say, for sure, whether Obasa later sold the idea to any of the governors in the South West. However, one can confidently say the establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch was the ‘forunner’ for the creation of Amotekun almost four years after.

Amotekun is currently enjoying the support of a majority of the South West people and residents. Taking the shape of the Neighbourhood Watch, it will help to unite the region beyond political considerations. It would not only boost the zone’s economy, since businesses thrive in a peaceful environment, but ensure that the people of the area live happily and sleep with their eyes closed.


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Operation Amotekun: Not to order Politicians, VIPs – Akeredolu


Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that operatives of Amotekun Corps will not serve as orderlies to important personalities and politicians.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Jimoh Dojumo, Akeredolu said the primary function of the security outfit would be combating criminals in the region.

Amotekun was created by the South-West governors to address the issue of insecurity.


The Ekiti State Assembly passed the bill allowing the corps to operate within the state.

Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, said the outfit would key into the model aimed at tackling criminal activities.

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

He said, “We are not attaching the Amotekun Corps to anybody or groups, no matter how highly placed. They are to tackle criminal activities such as armed robbery and kidnapping. They won’t be attached to any religious centre, either church or mosque. We don’t want it to be used for political reasons.”

He also stated that the corps would work within the framework of the Nigeria Police Force’s community policing strategies.


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Operation Amotekun: Ekiti passed bill into law. Val’20


Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Friday, passed the bill for the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps into law.

The Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, said, “Having passed through the third reading, the bill has become a law.”

Afuye, who lauded the lawmakers for their “leadership and commitment to the bill,” said the Assembly did not short-circuit any process that was required in law-making, NobleRepoters report


The Speaker said the bill would be transmitted to the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for his assent.

The law passed through the first and second readings in the Assembly on Thursday and committed to the House Committee on Security for proper legislative scrutiny before the House adjourned sitting till Friday.


The lawmakers, who debated the bill exhaustively in the chambers on Thursday, spoke on the appropriateness of the proposed law in view of the security challenges facing the state, region and Ekiti State.

A public hearing was also conducted on the Bill later on Thursday.

At the resumed sitting on Friday, the House Committee of Security presented the committee’s report.

The report was adopted by the Committee of the House, then the Bill went into the third reading, which it passed through.


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Operation Amotekun: Ondo signs bill


Ondo State Government on Wednesday approved a draft bill of the Ondo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, codenamed operation Amotekun, for passage into law.

According to a statement issued by Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, the bill would be transmitted to the State House of Assembly for legislative scrutiny after which it would be passed into law.

He explained that the details contained in the bill was presented by the Commissioner for Justice in an exhaustive session of deliberations by the state executive members.


“The draft bill has six parts and 44 sections. It is also gratifying to disclose that every apprehension or fears expressed in various quarters have been adequately looked into.

“This is even as traditional rulers will now have roles to play in the operations of the security outfit pursuant to its passage into law by the state assembly.

“Government finds it pertinent to reiterate that this laudable initiative is aimed at complimenting the efforts of the nation’s security agencies.

“It is also necessary to encourage the good people of Ondo State to take maximum advantage of this opportunity,” he said.


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Operation Amotekun: AG presents bill to Fayemi


The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda has presented the Western Nigeria Security Network Bill (WNSN) also known as the Amotekun Bill to the Governor of Ekiti State.


The bill was presented to Governor Fayemi at the Governor’s office, Ado-Ekiti.

Mr. Olawale Fapohunda while presenting the Bill appreciated the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his unique responsiveness, passion, and commitment to the safety of the lives and properties of the people in Ekiti State.


The Attorney General, while addressing the Governor on the Amotekun Bill said, all the (6) six Attorney Generals’ from the southwest states namely Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos State have been working assiduously to provide a legal framework which will serve as an operational guideline for the proposed Security Agency across the Western States.

Mr. Fapohunda stated that the Amotekun Bill contain 38 provisions and enumerated some of the key provisions to include the Establishment of Ekiti State Security Network; Establishment and Composition of Governing Board for the Security Agency; Establishment of Amotekun Corps and Criteria for being appointed as a Corp Member; and Independence of Amotekun Board, where erring members would be reported among others.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in his response appreciated the Attorney General for the job well done and promised to send the Bill to the Ekiti State House of Assembly for accelerated passage.

The Bill will eventually be passed into law after it has passed through the House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor of Ekiti State.


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Don’t cause chaos – FFK warns FUNAM, Shege Ka Fasa and Amotekun


Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has reacted to the establishment of the Nothern security outfit named ”Shege Ka Fasa”, warning the security outfit from attempting to cause chaos in the country.

Earlier this month, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had unveiled a security outfit code-named “SHEGE KA FASA”, which it said will address the security challenges in the northern region of the country. The decision was to emulate their colleagues in the South-West and South-East region in securing the lives of residents of their states.

According to Fani Kayode, the name ”Shege Ka Fasa” means ”Bastard, you stopped”. He warned that the security outfit and the Fulani Nationalist Movement (FUNAM) must not attack the citizens and indigenes of South-Western states.

He tweeted; ”The Northern security outfit called Shege Ka Fasa (means bastard, you stopped) & the Fulanist Nationalist Movement (FUNAM) must not target or attack the children of Oduduwa or else they will plunge Nigeria into a cauldron of fire which will leave her in ashes. BE WARNED!”


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Operation Amotekun: Southwest AGs make conclusion on bills


The Attorneys-General and Justice Commissioners in the six states of the South West geo-political zone of Nigeria have concluded work on the draft bills for the region’s security outfit codenamed Amotekun.

Following the conclusion of the exercise, concerned states are expected to present the draft bill to their respective executive council for approval and then forward same to the house of assembly to be passed into law and subsequently signed by the six governors.


This disclosure was made after a meeting of the six Attorneys-General hosted by Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, a former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG), at Davies Hotel, Old Bodija, Ibadan, which lasted for about three hours on Friday.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Oyewo, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said: “The meeting of the Attorneys-General of the six south west states just concluded and we deliberated on the plan to evolve a collaborative security network or agency in the South West.

“We have been able to come up with a legal framework to back up such establishment of security network in each of the states. So, each of the states will have its own legislation and its own security network corps that will bear the name Amotekun.

“There will be standard operational procedure that will also be in common and there will be an avenue for collaboration between the states to work together. It must be stated that the security network will be working in collaboration and as a complementary network with the police and the security agencies and armed forces.


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Operation Amotekun: Don’t delay bill – S/West urge govs


The Houses of Assembly of states in the South-West, comprising Oyo, Osun, Lagos, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states, have said they will give accelerated hearing to the bill on the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as Operation Amotekun, as soon as it is presented to them by the Executive.


They therefore urged the governors not to delay in sending the bill to them for consideration and passage into law.

The governors of the six states in the South-West had, in a response to the spate of killings and kidnapping in the region, launched Operation Amotekun on January 9, 2020 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to provide security for their people.


They had at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria in June 2019 agreed to set up the initiative, before it was eventually launched in January 2020.

Meanwhile, few days after the launch, which received commendations from many eminent persons in the region and beyond, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, described the initiative as illegal, adding that his office was not consulted before the governors went ahead to launch the initiative.


He had said, “The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law. The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses associated with organisation, administration and participation in “Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.

“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.”


The AGF’s position had been greeted with severe criticisms, with many eminent lawyers faulting the AGF for describing it as illegal. They, however, advised the governors to send a bill on the initiative to their respective state’s Houses of Assembly to give it legal backing.

The governors had also threatened to approach the court if the Federal Government continued to oppose the initiative. But following a meeting the governors had with the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; the AGF and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, they resolved to come up with a framework that would provide backing to the regional security outfit.


Sequel to this, Attorneys General and Commissioners for Justice of the six states on Friday confirmed they had concluded work on the draft bill for the smooth running of the regional security network.

Each of the Attorneys General is expected to present the draft bill to their respective state executive councils for approval, after which the documents would be sent to each of the six Houses of Assembly in the region for it to be passed and subsequently signed into law by each of the governors.


Speaking to one of our correspondents on Saturday, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, said the Assembly would not mind cutting short their recess to attend to Amotekun bill to ensure its speedy passage.

Owoeye, who spoke through his Press Secretary, Kunle Alabi said that the bill would receive speedy attention once they receive it from the executive.


He said, “The Speaker has promised that the bill will be given speedy attention whenever it is ready for the lawmakers. Like other important matters of state, the lawmakers will be ready to attend to it.

“Recall that during the crises in some local government areas early in the year, the lawmakers cut short their recess to attend to the matter. The Amotekun bill will enjoy the same attention once it comes. The lawmakers will not mind cutting short their recess.”


Also, the Oyo State House of Assembly said the bill could be passed into law within two or three weeks if it’s presented to the House on Tuesday.

The Assembly’s Chairman of Media and Information Committee, Kazeem Olayanju, said, “When the bill on Amotekun will be passed into law in Oyo State depends on how soon the executive arm of government brings the bill to the House of Assembly. The House normally sits on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


“If they bring it on time, it will be passed on time. Normally, a bill passes through four stages. The bill is expected to pass through the first three stages in the Assembly before being sent to the governor for his assent, and that is the fourth and final stage. If they bring it on Tuesday, for instance, it may scale through first reading on Thursday. It may be in the Assembly for two weeks before being sent to the governor.”

Olayanju added, “This will give the state the opportunity to enjoy the full value of the security outfit.”


On his part, the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye, also said the bill would not be delayed by any of the legislative bodies in the region.

Afuye said, “When we receive it, definitely it’s going to be given expeditious treatment. This is a coordinated western states’ matter, we, the speakers are meeting and we are sensitising everybody, every legislator in the South-West to the need to make it a priority.


“If it gets to us, I can assure you that it will be treated.”

He explained that even through the bill would still pass through the normal legislative process, it will be given accelerated hearing.


He added, “We have to study it and it has to pass through first and second readings, then the passage of the bill. It has to go through the legislative process. I can assure you that it is not going to be delayed.”

Similarly, the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, said the Assembly would also give speedy hearing to the bill once it is transmitted to them.


Oluomo said the speedy hearing would be aided by the fact that there had been a law related to the bill.

He added, “The state Assembly needs to amend a law that created ‘So safe Corps’ as a state security outfit for Amotekun.”


Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, could not give timeline for the passage of the bill.

Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, said the bill would go through the public for their input before it could be passed into law.


He added, “So far, we have not seen anything. We are waiting for when the bill will be brought to the parliament so that we know what to do.”

Osun gov meets lawmakers, promises early presentation of bill


In a related development, the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has met with the members of the State House of Assembly where he promised to present a bill on Amotekun ‘‘soon.’’

At the meeting, which was held on January 29, Oyetola was said to have sought the cooperation of the lawmakers, vowing that the commissioner in charge of the ministry of justice was working with his colleagues in other five states in the region to draft the bill.


A member of the State House of Assembly, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said the states were working with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria to draft the bill.

He said, “The bill is going to be uniform. Our governor met with us (the lawmakers) on January 29. Though we have had series of meetings on it at committee levels and groups, the governor had told us that the bill was being drafted.

‘‘The bill is being worked on by the Attorneys General and DAWN commission. Thank God the Federal Government is no longer against it. We will soon get it and I can assure you that we will get it passed as soon as it is ready.”

Asked how the operation would be funded, the source added that the governors would likely submit supplementary budget on it.


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Operation Amotekun: Southwest plans anti-graft team


There are strong indications that the South-West states are planning to set up anti-corruption units in their security outfit, Operation Amotekun, The PUNCH has learnt.

The unit, in each state, it was gathered, would handle cases of graft and abuse of power levelled against operatives of Amotekun.

It was learnt that the Amotekun bills, which were being drafted by the states, would make provisions for either an anti-graft unit or an ombudsman to check the excesses of the operatives.

A top official of one of the states, who confided in one of our correspondents, said, “Some of the operatives may want to take advantage of their powers to extort money from people or engage in other forms of corruption. The anti-corruption unit or an ombudsman will take care of this.”

It was gathered that the unit or the ombudsman, depending on the preference of each state, would receive complaints on cases such as bribery, extortion, misuse of power, human rights abuses and other complaints levelled against any member of Operation Amotekun.

The Ekiti State Attorney General, Wale Fapohunda, in an interview with one of our correspondents, confirmed there would be anti-corruption provisions in the proposed Amotekun law.

Explaining highlights of the proposed law, Fapohunda said, “There must be anti-corruption provisions in the law. The proposed law must have citizens’ complaints provisions, including a framework for an independent ombudsman with strong authority to receive complaints from the public on matters of corruption and abuse of power.”

Recall that the South-West governors had at a summit in Ibadan on January 9, agreed to set up Operation Amotekun to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.

But the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on January 14 kicked against the security outfit, saying it was not only illegal, but also negated the principle of federalism.

Malami’s statement, however, attracted criticisms from eminent lawyers and groups including Chief Afe Babalola, SAN; Mr Femi Falana, SAN; the Nigerian Bar Association; the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere.

At a meeting in Abuja attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, South-West governors and Malami, the Federal Government and the governors of the zone resolved their differences over Amotekun and decided that a law should be made by each of the states to give the security outfit a legal backing.

A few days after the Abuja meeting, the attorneys-general of the South-West states met in Ibadan and began the process of drafting the Amotekun bill, which each state would submit to its house of assembly.

Providing more insights into the bill, Fapohunda on Saturday said Ekiti State was proposing the inclusion of citizens’ complaints provision in the proposed Amotekun law.

According to him, it is to ensure that the states can deal with potential cases of violations by operatives for the purpose of accountability.

He said, “The proposal is to have an independent person. Each state will appoint an independent person that will be like an ombudsman; with strong authority to receive complaints and deal with them immediately.”

The attorney general said the appointment of an ombudsman would afford citizens the opportunity to complain “when things go wrong.”

According to him, the function of the ombudsman will be “to receive complaints from aggrieved citizens, as well as investigate those complaints and also send findings when there is the need for follow up on those findings.

“If you have a case, for example, that a citizen was tortured or beaten or so, that ombudsman will be responsible for receiving such a complaint and when it is established as a credible complaint, the law will take its ordinary course”.

Ombudsman can recommend Amotekun operative’s dismissal

He said by the proposed law, the ombudsman could recommend prosecution or dismissal of an errant operative depending on the degree or nature of the violation.

Fapohunda said, “The way we structured it is that there would be an accountable structure like a board that will oversee the operatives; so corruption, abuse of human rights, and general abuse will definitely be subject of scrutiny by this ombudsman.

“For any person responsible, the ombudsman can now advise that such a person must be removed, prosecuted or dismissed. It depends on the nature of the violation. For us essentially, it is for accountability which is non-negotiable. Each state will have a call centre like what the police operate, the states had agreed on that before now. You can call and make reports.

“Because our people need additional confidence, the standard operating guidelines (for the operatives) will state clearly what the operatives can do and what they cannot do; where that does not now work, that is where the ombudsman now comes in to identify specifics,” Fapohunda said.

Although the AG said Ekiti State did not suggest the profession of the ombudsman, he stated, “It does not really matter that such a person will be a lawyer, but legal experience will be very useful.”

Explaining other highlights of the bill, he said, “Primary organisational goal of Amotekun must be to work with individual citizens, communities, public and private organisations, formal and informal security agencies to identify and resolve security issues which potentially affect the livability of communities.”

The AG, who said Amotekun must be a public service delivery organisation, stated, “The proposed law must have clear provisions on respect for human rights. The proposed law must have clear provisions on accountability and transparency.”

“The proposed law must include provisions on gender considerations in recruitment of personnel. There must be sustainable funding provisions in the law; and clear provisions on modalities for collaboration including sharing information, resources and expertise between the six states.”

Fapohunda, who said the proposed law would not stipulate how much would be paid to Amotekun operatives, said, “It will only state how the governments will fund them. It can’t say how much now.

Amotekun to be funded from Security Trust Fund

“All of us will still have to sit down to discuss how much will be paid them. The proposal only specifies how the government will fund them, where the money will come from. A lot of us have the Security Trust Fund – Lagos and Ekiti states – have the trust fund. I think Oyo State now has it. For Ekiti State, they will be funded from the Security Trust Fund.”

Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti AGs harmonise Amotekun bills on Thursday

He said the meeting of the AGs of Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states for harmonisation of the bills from the states would be held on Thursday.

IG’s community policing: 50 year-old residents can apply, says Ekiti command

Fapohunda said this as the Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Asuquo Amba, on Sunday said the command had begun the process of recruiting special constables for the community policing policy of the Federal Government.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had in a wireless message to commissioners of police on January 23, directed them to liaise with traditional rulers with a view to recruiting constables for community policing.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said Amba had directed that the recruitment of constables should start in 16 local government areas of the state.

Abutu said forms for the recruitment of the special constables had been distributed to all police stations across the state where interested applicants would obtain such as the first step.

The police spokesperson, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, stated, “The Commissioner of Police has given a directive for the exercise to start across the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State.

“The recruitment forms are now available in all the divisional police stations across the state. All interested volunteers are to walk into any divisional police station closer to them within their local governments and pick the form at no cost.

“Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 50 years, with willingness to serve the community. Applicants must be resident within their respective communities.

“Applicants must be willing to sacrificially serve their respective communities for the purpose and aims of community policing policy with or without remuneration.

“Interested applicants are to, as a matter of urgency, go to the nearest police station within their local governments and pick the form as the screening date will soon be announced.”

The statement, however, did not disclose the number of special constables to be recruited for the policy in the state, but an unconfirmed source in the police said no fewer than 50 persons would be recruited in each local government of the state.

We are starting recruitment in Ogun – Command

The Ogun State Police Command also said it would soon start the recruitment of special constables for the community policing.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to The PUNCH on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the state commissioner of police would meeting stakeholders such as traditional rulers, executive members of Police Community Relations Committee in the state and some community leaders over the recruitment.

Oyeyemi said, “We are starting by tomorrow (Monday). The CP is meeting with executive members of the PCRC and other stakeholders to finetune the modalities on how we are going to go about the recruitment.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer for Osun Command, Folasade Odoro, said the exercise had yet to start in the state.

Odoro said that all the stakeholders would be informed whenever the recruitment would start.


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Oluwo: Amotekun must fight ritual killings as well ..


The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has charged the southwest governors to ensure that the Southwest Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun, is also made to fight ritual killings and “traditional corruptions.”

Describing traditional corruption, especially ritual killings, as rampant in the Southwest, Oba Akanbi expressed concern about the daily reported cases of killing of humans for rituals.

The first class traditional ruler advised that fighting ritual killings should be in the scope of operations of the security outfit.


In a statement by his press secretary, Ali Ibrahim, the paramount ruler said ritual killing is deadlier and more recurrent than herdsmen’s heinous activities. The Oluwo, who drew the attention of the Yoruba stakeholders to the menace of ritual killings, insisted that the politicians should be held responsible for trading their game with kidnapping.

He expressed disappointment that no one is talking about how to curtail ritual killings in the ongoing support for Amotekun.


“I am not condemning Amotekun but I am talking about better direction of job specification and scope of roles for the regional security outfit. Amotekun’s oversight functions should be streamlined to solve fundamental challenges facing us. It is disheartening that we misplace our priority.”

Oluwo added: “Just imagine, an innocent university final year student was killed in Ikoyi-Ile few weeks ago, out of ignorance that a spirit will bring money. It is poverty of the mind that could make someone be so gullible. Now, the child is gone. What a wicked act. What we are doing as a people to curtail such acts must be important to us. So, we need an institution that will allay fears against such an act.

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I


“Additionally, to fight traditional corruption, we need agents of unquestionable characters and not accomplice of ritual killers. We need a transparent institution that will lead us out of daily killing of our children for money, promotion, popularity and so on.”

The Oluwo implored Nigerians, especially herbalists, pastors and alfas, to imbibe new approaches to offering sacrifices such as beautifying public places and economic empowerment programmes for the vulnerable in the society, among others, noting that “these are rewarding, promotional and more naturally acceptable than killing fellow humans for ritual.”


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