Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said he is certain that the bill ratifying the South West security outfit, also known as Amotekun will be signed by Friday.
Fayemi stated this in his office in Ado-Ekiti on Monday during the official presentation of the draft bill of his state to back the outfit, by the Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda.
Fayemi said, “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, Abubakar Malami including the six governors of the South West where we met to iron out the emerging different opinions on the outfit.
” A lot of people have misconstrued the essence of the Amotekun security network. It is not about an exclusive protection of indigenes of the South West. It is about safety and security of every person resident in the six states of the South West, regardless of where they might have come from. As long as they are legitimately and legally resident in every part of the states, we consider it our duty, we consider it our responsibility to protect them as long as they are within the jurisdiction.
“Even though I have not read the bill, I am sure this is what this bill proposes. I am not sure the bill is for protection of Yoruba people living in the six states. It is going to talk on ensuring our highways are free from banditry, armed robberies, kidnappers and all forms of brigandage.
” To that extent, it is a logical extension of the community policing initiative that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to, that the Inspector General of Police has already communicated to various police formations across the country.
” Together with my colleagues, we have promised ourselves that this bill will be given accelerated discussions in our various State Executive Council meetings this week and sent expeditiously to our various State Houses of Assembly this week. We had discussion with our speakers who have been waiting for the bill to the extent that they are recalling some of their members from recess in order to give this bill accelerated passage in the various legislatures.
” Latest by Friday,14th February,2020 the bill that hopefully will have been passed into law will be assented to simultaneously in the six states of the South West and we will hope the team in charge of it will start the implementation of the Amotekun corps immediately.”