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10 Feb 2020

South West Requests Gun Licence To Arm Amotekun Personnel

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 licence for the Amotekun corps.

The South-West governors, had at a summit organised 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 a legal backing to the security outfit.

Each state would apply to the Inspector General of Police for a gun licence for the Amotekun corps.

The PUNCH had on January 13 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 legalised 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 licence. After the law has been made, we will apply to the IG for the licence 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 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.”

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