Oyo State House of Assembly has passed the Amotekun Bill into law with members bringing in a little drama. Dressed in leopard skin regalia, members of Oyo State House of Assembly, as they passed the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020 code-named Operation Amotekun.
The session started with a clause by clause consideration of the bill before its eventual third reading and final adoption and passage, journalist was stunned that all the Oyo lawmakers wore fabrics of leopard depicting the name of the security outfit.
Some of the lawmakers also wore amulets and armbands depicting combat readiness, all of them growled like leopards the moment the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, hit the gavel passing the bill into law. Local hunters’ chants and songs immediately rented the air, with the lawmakers congratulating each other.
Meanwhile Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has 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).
At the signing ceremony in Akure, Governor Akeredolu said the security outfit would not be politicized or used for political purposes.
“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.