The Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun is beginning to develop its legal teeth.
Following wide consultations, the Attorneys-General (AGs) of Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states met in Ibadan all night on Friday to put finishing touches to the legal framework to make the security outfit operational.
It was a full house at the meeting with all the AGs in attendance.
In attendance were Prof Oyewole Oyewo (Oyo), Mr. Oluwafemi Akande (Osun), Mr. Olawale Fapohunda (Ekiti), Mr. Adekola Olawole (Ondo), Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran (Ogun) and Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (Lagos) who was represented by the Director of Civil Litigation, Mr. S. A. Quadri.
Also there were officials of the Southwest regional think tank, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, led by the Director General, Mr. Seye Oyeleye.
The governors of the six states are expected to meet in Ibadan on Thursday to ratify the decisions of their chief legal officers preparatory to action by each state executive council and then the state assemblies.
According to the details of the agreed framework, each of the Southwest states will have its own legislation and its own security network operatives to be known as Amotekun Corps.
The meeting which started around 7pm lasted about three hours behind closed doors at Davies Hotel, Bodija, Ibadan.
He said that the bill would be sent to the various state assemblies after verification by each state Executive Council.
He said the operational details and structural procedures will be the same across the six states to allow for easy collaboration.
Asked why the meeting was shifted from Thursday to Friday, Oyewo said: “It was due to logistical challenges. Each of us has his primary assignments. As you are aware, each of us in our states is facing one issue or another. It is Okada issue in Lagos, local government issue in Oyo and the likes.
On whether Amotekun operatives would bear arms, he said: “Yes, of course. The carrying of arms is legislated by law and the Amotekun outfit will comply with all the laws of the land.
Asked if the AGs would write to officially inform the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on the new development, Oyewole said: “we run a federal system. As long as laws are passed within the competence of our legislation, we don’t need the permission, authority or even the counsel of anybody other than the operators set under the constitution.