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Osun Assembly Passes Amotekun Bill

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo 
The Osun Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corp Establishment Bill 2020 has been passed into law by the Osun State House of Assembly.
The bill was passed on Tuesday after scaling through the third reading at the assembly.
In line with the plea of the executive to give the bill accelerated hearing, the assembly recently held a public hearing on the bill and subsequently read it for the second time on Monday.
The speaker, Rt. Hon Timothy Owoeye, on Tuesday, invoked order 87 rule 1 and 2 of the House, recommitted the bill back to the ‘committee of the whole’ where the lawmakers further deliberated, amended and injected new suggestions into the bill.
The Amotekun Corps law now ensures that offenders should be identified by Corps and duly registered by the police and other relevant security agencies and that the office of the Attorney General of the state must be notified of such identification and arrest.
The amendments also specified that Corps commander to be appointed by the governor with the confirmation of the Assembly must be assisted in the discharge of his duties by a deputy, field commander among others.
The law had it that there shall be Area command of the Amotekun Corps in each of the Federal constituencies of the state.
The Amotekun Corps law stated that a registered resident of the state upon the presentation of National identity card, Voters card or the Omoluabo card may be eligible for enlistment as a member of the Corps.
The new amendments made to the bill were later adopted and the bill was read for the third time and unanimously passed by the state lawmakers.
Owoeye appreciated his colleagues for their commitment and efforts to give the bill accelerated passage, stating that the bill would become law immediately the governor assent to it.
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