Lagos Ready For Amotekum
By Babatunde Pratt
As it stands, Lagos state will welcome the South-West security outfit, Amotekun.
This is because the state house of assembly has accepted the amotekun bill and is set to hold a public hearing on it. The public hearing has been fixed for Monday, February 24, 2020.
At its sitting on Thursday, the house reveals that the bill will create a unit out of the Lagos state neighbourhood safety corps to be referred to as Amotekun corps.
According to the majority leader of the house,Sanai Agunbiade, members of Amotekun are to take charge of security in certain areas such as forest, highway and other places to protect Lagosians against hoodlums, cattle rustling and others.
Also,Amotekun corps will have a commander and they will also bear arms with the permission of the police.
"The bill incorporates the concept of a more dynamic and more strengthened security platform than what they had in Lagos"
It is meant to energise and strengthen the security that we have in Lagos state based on the challenges in the state and in the southwest" he said.
Other lawmakers who supported the bill called for local content, adding that they needed people with native intelligence and that whoever would be appointed as the head of the unit should be approved by the house.
The speaker of the house,Mudashiru Obasa at the sitting committed the bill to the house committee on information, publicity, security, and strategy, headed by hon Tunde Braimoh, for a public hearing.