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We are drafting law on Àmòtékùn that will stand test of time, says Ogun commissioner

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The Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, has said that the southwestern states are drafting a legal framework that would stand the test of time on Àmòtékùn.

Adeniran, who stated this yesterday while fielding questions from journalists in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said that the affected states would not propose a law that would be quashed at the Supreme Court in the future.

He said, for that reason, it would take “a bit of time” to arrive at a final bill that would be presented at the Houses of Assembly of the affected states for consideration, noting that once the bill is passed, “there will be no going back from the implementation of Àmòtékùn.”

“We (attorney-generals) resolved that we would prepare a draft, which would be approved at the state’s level and then be presented at various Houses of Assembly for passage and signed into law by the respective governors. So, we are in the process of preparing the draft,” the commissioner said.

He emphasised that Àmòtékùn had come to stay because of the present insecurity in the country, noting that it was not established to counter or compete with Federal Government’s security apparatus in the country but to strengthen and improve on the security of lives and property of the nation.

“No one is competing or flexing muscles with Federal Government’s security agencies in the country as being speculated by ethnic groups, but all what we want is full security of lives and property of our people in the Western region of the country, and once the law is passed, then Àmòtékùn will commence operation,” Adeniran further said

According to him, the formation of Àmòtékùn was to complement the mainstream security agencies in the country, noting that it is not a duplication or replacement for the Nigerian Police, but to give people confidence that they are being looked after by those they elected into office.

He added that no laws ever disagree with the establishment of any security outfit in the country, especially by any region, but it must be channelled through the normal process, saying that Nigeria as at today needs to be secured more than ever before.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Ekiti State Command, yesterday said that it had commenced the recruitment of special police constables in line with the community policing initiative of the Federal Government.

A statement by the Police Commissioner, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Asuquo Amba, signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said that forms had been distributed to all police stations across the state where interested applicants could procure before presenting themselves for screening at an appointed date.

Amba said that the command started the recruitment process following the directive from Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to all police commands to liaise with stakeholders from each town and local council for the recruitment of the special constables.


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