Lagos govt promises early signing of Amotekun bill

The deputy governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said on Sunday the bill that Amotekun Body in the state would be signed soon.

The Lagos State Chamber passed the law earlier this month.

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

Hamzat, who publicized this during a conversation with journalists in Lagos, said the reason behind the establishment of the Amotekun Corps in the state was to increase security, especially on major highways and border communities.

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He said: “Yes, we are going to sign (bill). And in the Amotekun bill, I think we all know what Amotekun is.

“The Amotekun project is so that we can patrol our borders with the neighboring state. Lagos has a neighboring state, Ogun.

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“So, if you are a criminal and are trying to escape from Ogun to Lagos or vice versa, Amotekun is there to cut you; that is the essence. "

Hamzat told reporters that the state government already had the Lagos Neighborhood Security Corps (LNSC), a complementary community police body, before the Amotekun idea came up.

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