The Ondo State House of Assembly said on Monday it would resume on Tuesday, 18th of February to commence the legislative process towards passing into law the Ondo State Security Bill.
The House, which has been on recess, received the bill on Wednesday from the State Executive Council.
A statement issued by the Director of Information Service of the Assembly, Mr. Sehinde Falokun, on Monday, read, “The lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly will resume for legislative business on Tuesday, 18th February 2020.
“ This is to enable them deliberate on the security bill, code-named Amotekun, meant to ensure security across the nooks and crannies of the state.
“The executive arm, having forwarded the Ondo State Security Bill to the House of Assembly, the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, requested all the lawmakers to end their recess in order to attend to this very important legislative assignment. The lawmakers who are currently on recess are supposed to resume on 24th February.”
It was gathered that the Assembly would fast-track the passage of the bill and send it to the state Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, for assent.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr. Kola Olawoye had earlier said everything about the law would be ready before the end of February.
Meanwhile, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has called on residents of Ogun State to support Operation Amotekun.
Alake made the call on Monday at a press conference in his palace in commemoration of the 2020 Lisabi festival.
The monarch lamented the high rate of insecurity in the country.
Oba Gbadebo maintained that Operation Amotekun would reduce criminal activities in the country.
He said, “We have all heard about Amotekun. In those days, if someone woke up around 5am for farming activities, nobody can stop such a person, but today, you have to wait till everywhere is clear; otherwise, something bad might happen to you.
“If everybody is clamoring for peace in the community; we should take it with seriousness by increasing our security aspect, this is what gave birth to Amotekun. “If we don’t fight for ourselves, nobody will come to fight for us. Moreover, the network security operation must be legal.”
He added, “That’s why the South-West state governors, Senate, Nigeria Police, and other authorities are trying to make it practicable.”