The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye, said on Tuesday that despite the state being the first to pass the Operation Amotekun bill into law, other states are still actively in the process of signing, and denied any friction among member states.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, the speaker said, “The fact that Ekiti was the first to pass the bill into law, even when other states are still at different stages, doesn’t suggest there is friction among the member states.”
Meanwhile, the Ekiti Assembly, having passed the bill, awaits Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi’s assent.
Earlier, the Chairman, Conference of South-West Speakers, and Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyeloogun, in an advertorial on Monday, said a public hearing would be conducted on the bill simultaneously on February 24 in the South-West states.
He noted that the Conference of Speakers will reconvene to meet with the States’ Attorneys-General to address all conflicting areas and to review the contents of the reports generated at the public hearings for harmonization into the proposed law.
He clarified that there is no confusion over the passage of the Amotekun bill into law in Ekiti.
“We (the Southwest states) are still going to run a uniform law and outfit at the end of the day. The fact that we have passed our own bill doesn’t mean we are no longer on the same page,” he said.
Also, the Ogun State Assembly Speaker, Kunle Oluomo, disclosed that the Assembly had fixed Monday for a public hearing after holding a debate on Tuesday on the Western Nigeria Security Outfit.
The bill, which was read by the acting Clerk of the Assembly, Deji Adeyemo, has scaled the first reading. He called on all stakeholders and members of the public to the hearing which would hold at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.