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Amotekun: South-West Governors To Write IG For Gun License




There were indications on Sunday that the South-West state executive councils would on Wednesday discuss the bills on Amotekun corps.

It was gathered that a security network agency would be established in each state to oversee the Amotekun corps.

The Ondo State Attorney General, Kola Olawoye, said after the passage of the bill, each state would apply to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for a gun license for the Amotekun corps.

The South-West governors had at a summit organized by the Development Agenda for Western Agenda on January 9 agreed to set up Operation Amotekun to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.

The Federal Government initially said the security outfit was illegal, but during a meeting in Abuja attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; the South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, both the FG and the governors agreed that the South-West states should give legal backing to the security outfit.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda, in an interview with The PUNCH, confirmed that the bill for a law establishing Amotekun corps provided for the establishment of a security network agency to oversee the operations of the corps.

Fapohunda, who said the Amotekun bill for Ekiti State was ready, stated that the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had directed that it should be presented to the state executive council on Wednesday.

He said, “We have drafted a bill that is concise and comprises only the most necessary provisions. Community policing is an important component of the proposed Ekiti State Amotekun Law.

“The key features of the Ekiti State Amotekun Law include the establishment of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency that will oversee the operations of the Ekiti State Amotekun Corps.”

He said the bill also provided for “the establishment of an independent Amotekun Corps Complaints Board to expeditiously inquire into and report any matter regarding the conduct of Amotekun corps, specifically as it relates to abuse of power including corruption and human rights violation.”

Explaining functions of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency, Fapohunda said besides overseeing Amotekun corps, it would “collaborate with and assist the police and other security agencies in maintaining law and order.”

He added that it would make available to the police and other security agencies relevant information on crime and crime-related activities, suspicious activities and suspects.

The AG added that the agency would undertake “routine day and night patrols on major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forests, and inland waterways.”

According to Fapohunda, it will ensure that offenders are identified, arrested, registered and promptly handed over to the nearest police station or post.

He also listed the functions of the agency to include “disarming unauthorized persons in possession of arms and other dangerous weapons.”

Fapohunda added that it would also render prompt assistance to crime and accident victims as well as undertake joint operations with the police and other security agencies.

On his part, the Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawoye on Sunday, the proposed law was given to the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Saturday, after the Friday meeting of the AGs.

He said, “We harmonized the bill and we gave a copy of the bill to the governor yesterday (Saturday). It will be presented to the state executive council where it will be deliberated upon after which it will be sent to the House of Assembly.”

On the time it would be sent to the legislature, Olawoye said the speaker of the Assembly would get the bill after its approval.

He also explained that the security outfit would be called the Ondo State Security Network Agency “but it would be driven by Amotekun corps. It will be replicated in other South-West states .”

Olawoye also said each state would apply to the Inspector General of Police for a gun license for the Amotekun corps.

It was earlier reported that the police warned Amotekun operatives against carrying firearms.

They said Oodua Peoples Congress members and hunters working as Amotekun operatives could only carry Dane guns, which do not use cartridges.

But the Oyo State Attorney General, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, who briefed journalists after the AGs’ meeting in Ibadan on Friday, said, “Carrying of arms is legalized by the law and Amotekun outfit will comply with all the laws of the land.”

Olawoye, in the interview with The PUNCH, said, “A section of the bill stipulates that the Amotekun corps will be carrying arms licensed by the Inspector General of Police, in line with the Police Act. Each state will apply for the license. After the law has been made, we will apply to the IG for the license for the corps. Each state will have a corps commander, who will be in charge of administration, operational guidelines and other things.

“The agency will have a governing board. The commander will be a member of the board. The commander must be a person of proven integrity, who will be a retired military or police officer of 10 years cognate experience. This is how it will be in the other five states. The corps commanders of the states will be meeting if the need be. I am sure the individual state should be able to pass the law before the end of the month.”

Also, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State, Akingbolahan Adeniran, said the Amotekun bill would be submitted this week to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Adeniran said this on Sunday while responding to the questions from journalists, adding that, his office was planning to do this in line with the agreement at the meeting of AGs of the South-West states in Ibadan.

He said “The resolution at the meeting of the body of the attorneys general of the South-West is to submit the bill to our respective governors and the executive councils this week.

“We also aim to get it submitted, other things being equal to the House of Assembly in our respective states before the end of the week.”

The Osun State Government on Sunday said the bill for Amotekun might be transmitted to the House of Assembly this week.

Speaking to one of our correspondents, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, said after the meeting of the South-West attorneys general last week, the draft was ready for presentation to the state executive council.

“The state executive council will be presented the draft at their meeting this week. They will look at it before the bill will be presented to the lawmakers.

“Hopefully, after the state executive council meeting, the bill will be ready for presentation to the lawmakers. We are hopeful that the lawmakers will have the bill this week,” Omipidan said.


UPDATE: El-Rufai Tests Positive For Coronavirus




The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, announced on Saturday that he tested positive for coronavirus.

El-Rufai, who disclosed this in a video on Twitter, said he had embarked on self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for anyone not showing symptoms.

He appealed to the people of the state to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.

He is the first case of COVID-19 recorded in Kaduna.

He said, “Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

“According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for someone that is no showing symptoms.

“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.

“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.

“The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.”

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Dusk-To-Dawn Curfew Begins On Sunday In Lagos —- Sanwo-Olu




Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Lagos starting from Sunday to allow the state to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the metropolis.

He also said the state would close the domestic airport.

He said, “I am hereby directing a statewide curfew from 8pm to 6am, starting from Sunday until further notice. This is to enable us to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the Lagos Metropolis.

“I am pleased to note that we have taken possession of over 200 disinfecting machines, and starting today, we will be disinfecting all major highways, bus stops, markets, parks, and other public areas.

“With effect from Sunday, we will be closing the domestic airport in Lagos, the General Aviation Terminal and the MM2. All movements in and out of Lagos through the two domestic terminals will, therefore, be suspended from Sunday for two weeks in the first instance. The only exceptions will be flights carrying essential supplies and those on emergency operations.”

He further said traveling in and out of Lagos would be restricted on Sunday, adding that all inter-state motor parks should shut down for two weeks.

The governor also signed into law the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 passed by the House of Assembly.

The law empowers the governor to punish violators of the shutdown order policy.

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BREAKING: Explosion Rocks Ondo, Hundreds Of Buildings Destroyed [PHOTOS]




Over 100 hundred buildings were in the early hours of Saturday destroyed following an explosion that rocked Ondo State.

The explosion happened in the early hours of Saturday at Eleyowo, Akure, along Owo-Akure highway around 1 a.m.

According to residents of the area, a terrifying loud bang was heard when everyone was already asleep.

Also affected in the explosion was a full boarding school, Aina Awawul Secondary School, one of the most popular churches in Akure, Possibility Ground Ministry, as well as a filling station and hundreds of buildings.

The highway was cut off with hundreds of travelers stranded.

Police officers and other security agencies are already on ground to assess the situation.

Details later…

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