Lagos govt promises early signing of Amotekun bill

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said Sunday the bill establishing the Amotekun Corps in the state would be signed into law very soon.

The Lagos State House of Assembly passed the bill earlier this month.

Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo are some of the states in the South-West that have enacted laws to create the Amotekun Corps in their respective states.

Hamzat, who disclosed this during a chat with journalists in Lagos, said the reason behind the establishment of the Amotekun Corps in the state was to boost security, especially along major highways and border communities.

He said: “Yes, we will sign it (bill). And on the Amotekun bill, I think we all know what Amotekun is all about.

“The design of Amotekun is for us to be able to patrol our borders with the neighbouring state. Lagos has one neighbouring state, Ogun.

“So, if you are a criminal and you are trying to run from Ogun to Lagos or vice versa, Amotekun is there to chop you off; that is the essence.”

Hamzat told journalists the state government already had the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), a complimentary community policing outfit, before the idea of Amotekun came up.

Source RipplesNigeria

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