Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday signed the state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps Bill into law. This came barely 24 hours after the House of Assembly passed the bill.
Amotekun was initiated by the six South-West governors to tackle the security challenges facing the region. Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Osun Houses of Assembly also sign their states’ versions of the bill on the same day (Tuesday). The Ekiti State House of Assembly had earlier passed the bill, and Speaker Funminiyi Afuye expressed confidence on Wednesday Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) would follow in Akeredolu’s footsteps by signing the bill into law soon.
The Oyo State Government said the others would agree on a date to sign the bill, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Taiwo Adisa. At the signing ceremony at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Akure, Akeredolu said the security outfit would not be politicised or used for political purposes.
He said, “We wish to reiterate that the Amotekun Corps is a child of necessity and was purely born out of the need to explore other means of securing our forests and protecting all those who do legitimate business within the South-West.” The governor commended the House of Assembly for its handling of the bill, saying, their speed and thoroughness underscored the importance attached to it.