Given unforeseen last minutes developments, all appears set for Nigeria’s house of representatives to give legal backing to operations by Amotekun and other vigilante groups across the country.
Indications that the house will support the legalizing of their operations came to the fore at the floor of the house on Wednesday when majority members expressed full support for a bill to legalize the establishment of the groups at the subnational levels.
The law makers who expressed overwhelming support for the bill during plenary are unanimous over the need to amend provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, with a view to giving legal backing to State Security outfits to compliment the country’s police force and related matters.
Sponsored by Honourable Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe, representing Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency, the bill has scaled the second reading.
Hon Afe noted that the bill is being proposed to speed up the provision of security outfits that would assist the country’s police force in the different communities given the fact that the Nigerian police is already overwhelmed and overstretched to be effective against the nation’s ever in reading security challenges. He added that with the country’s security needs on the rise, it is obvious it can no longer be left to measures that have proven to be less effective to the many challenges.
“As a progressive parliament, the House needs to rise to the challenge using the legal and legislative backing of the constitution review for the benefit of Nigerians.”
The bill, which has been voted and passed for the second reading and referred to Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review.
The lower chamber also called on President Muhammadu Buhari
Also at plenary, the House called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take on the the process of recruiting more security personnel into the police and other security outfits to boost the country’s security system. They passed the resolution sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance, sponsored by Honourable Mansur Soro. The motion, according to Soro, is hinged on the need to ensure security of all the citizens across the country.
Soro, representing Darazo/Ganjuwa constituency, Bauchi, frowned on the audacity with which bandits raid various communities across the country with disregard for security presence or fear for constituted authorities. Soro is worried that in large numbers, criminal are freely moving around the country with arms and terrorising communities without intervention by security agents.
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