By Maritime Security News
The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday received a Bill on the South West security outfit, Amotekun and has fixed Monday next week as date for public hearing .
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa subsequently committed the Bill to the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy for public hearing.
The committee, headed by Hon. Tunde Braimoh was directed to report back to the House sine die.
Earlier Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni informed the House that he received a letter from the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Moyosore Onigbanjo on February 19, 2020 on the amendment of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC).
Sanni was subsequently ordered to read the Bill entitled: A House of Assembly Bill No. 5 Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) Amendment Bill 2020 and for Connected Purposes for the first and second times.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said that the Bill is an executive bill, but that it is predicated on the private member bill that established LNSC, which he said has been working well.
Agunbiade added that the Bill is incorporating the concept of a more dynamic and more strengthened security platform than what they had in Lagos State.
“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 South West.
“It tries to create a unit out of the LNSC to be referred to as Amotekun Corps to take charge of security in certain areas such as in the forest, highway and other places to protect us against hoodlums, cattle rustling and others.
“It will have a commander and Amotekun Corps would bear arms with the permission of the police. They will cooperate with other security platforms in Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Osun States,” he said.
The Majority Leader stressed that LNSC has a clause that will provide for Amotekun.
In his contribution, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, (Agege 2), while supporting the Bill, commended the foresight of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the security of the state.
Ogundimu stated that the law covers wider areas and made internal security a priority.
He called for local content in the bill, 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.
Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, (Apapa 2) said that there is a problem of nomenclature in the Bill.
Jimoh stated that the Nigerian Police had been existing before independence and that the people had been talking about their reforms.
“The colonialists formed the Nigerian Police for us in 1930 and we have not made efforts to form our own security force.
“The population of men of the Nigerian Police is small. We should encourage men of Amotekun to be armed and to be able to arrest and prosecute.