The Ogun State Government led by Governor Dapo Abiodun has approved the proposal for the creation of Operation Amotekun in the state.
The approval of the Western Nigeria Security Network known as Amotekun was given at the state executive council meeting, which held at the executive chamber of the governor’s office in Abeokuta.
In a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, the approval was given on Tuesday, February 11.
“We presented the bill for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency or what many call the Amotekun Corp Bill of 2020.
“Today, the Executive Council of Ogun State met and adopted a draft as amended of a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency. This agency will comprise of the Amotekun Corp and this bill will be transmitted to the House of Assembly before the end of this week.
“It made all the Attorney Generals of the Southwest zone including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, and the Lagos States to come together with the intervention of the DAWN commission that has been piloting the process, and we can have a draft model bill to be adopted by each of the states following their local circumstances and situations as the need arises,” the statement read.
Somorin further reiterated that the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Adegbolahan Adeniran, said the presentation of the bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioners of Justice of the six Southwest states.
Amotekun was launched in January in all South Western states which include Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos and Ekiti. Legal backing is, however, needed to make it effective.