Akeredolu signs Amotekun bill into law

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Wednesday, signed the Ondo State Security Network and Amotekun Corps bill into law, with a warning against any political colouration of the outfit.

Speaking during the signing of the bill, Akeredolu reiterated that the Amotekun Corps shall be complementary and not independent of the operations and efforts of the Nation’s security agencies.

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Akeredolu said: “We wish to reiterate that the Amotekun Corps is a child of necessity and was purely borne out of the need to explore other means of securing our forests and protecting all those who do legitimate business within the Southwest Region.

“For the umpteenth time, the Amotekun Corps is not an independent regional outfit but complementary efforts by the governors of the South-West to engender unity, peace and security.

“Most importantly, the corps shall not be allowed for political purposes; it has no business at political rallies just as the Police must continue to discharge its obligations and responsibilities to the people.”

He commended the House of Assembly for the promptness in the handling of the bill, saying, the speed and thoroughness underscored the importance attached to the bill.

The passage of the bill by the Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday, the sequel to legislative scrutiny which included a public hearing.

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