Operation Amotekun’s drawback is to be settled this week. Houses of Assembly in the six states, namely; Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti , are expected to pass the regional security outfit’s operational bill for the governors to give assent on Friday.
On Monday, Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor made known the decision of the governors to make the outfit operational when he received the bill’s draft from Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Olawale Fapounda (SAN).
Recall that Operation Amotekun was launched by the southwestern governors on January 9 in Ibadan but Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice Abubakar Malami, declared the outfit illegal. He said the Constitution has no room for a regional security outfit. He also said security is on the Exclusive list.
However, the governors insisted that it was the only way for them to protect their people from kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes.
It was after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s intervention on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, that it was agreed that each of the states should legalize the security outfit.
Therefore, the attorneys-general in the six states met to draft a bill while the speakers of Houses of Assembly agreed to give the bill accelerated passage.