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Amotekun: South West govs to apply for gun licence from IG

Olawoye also said each state would apply to the Inspector General of Polic for a gun licence for the Amotekun corps.


The PUNCH had on January 13 reported that the police warned Amotekun operatives against carrying firearms.

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They said Oodua Peoples Congress members and hunters working as Amotekun operatives could only carry Dane guns , which do not use cartridges.



But the Oyo State Attorney General, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo , who briefed journalists after the AGs ’ meeting in Ibadan on Friday , said, “ Carrying of arms is legalised by the law and Amotekun outfit will comply with all the laws of the land .”


Olawoye, in the interview with The PUNCH , said, “ A section of the bill stipulates that the Amotekun corps will be carrying arms licensed by the Inspector General of Police , in line with the Police Act . Each state will apply for the licence. 


After the law has been made, we will apply to the IG for the licence for the corps. Each state will have a corps commander , who will be in charge of administration , operational guidelines and other things.



“The agency will have a governing board. 
The commander will be a member of the board. The commander must be a person of proven integrity , who will be a retired military or police officer of 10 years cognate experience.


This is how it will be in other five states. The corps commanders of the states will be meeting if the need be. I am sure the individual state should be able to pass the law before the end of the month.”


Also, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State , Akingbolahan Adeniran, said the Amotekun bill would be submitted this week to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.


Adeniran said this on Sunday while responding to the questions from The PUNCH , adding that , his office was planning to do this in line with the agreement at the meeting of AGs of the South -West states in Ibadan.


He said, “The resolution at the meeting of the body of attorneys general of the South -West is to submit the bill to our respective governors and the executive councils this week .


“ We also aim to get it submitted, other things being equal to the House of Assembly in our respective states before the end of the week . ”


The Osun State Government on Sunday said the bill for Amotekun might be transmitted to the House of Assembly this week.


Speaking to correspondents, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, said after the meeting of the South -West attorneys general last week , the draft was ready for presentation to the state executive council.


“ The state executive council will be presented the draft at their meeting this week.


They will look at it , before the bill will be presented to the lawmakers



“Hopefully, after the state executive council meeting , the bill will be ready for presentation to the lawmakers.


We are hopeful that the lawmakers will have the bill this week ,” Omipidan said.

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