AMOTEKUN : Lagos Lawmakers Pass Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency (Amendment) Bill 2020 Into Law

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, May 11, at plenary passed into law “A Bill for a Law to Amend Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law, 2019,” after the third reading.

The House said, “The Bill which was passed earlier this year is hereby amended after observations were raised by the executive through the Attorney General of the state. The House retains its position on the provision of section 20(1), which subjects the appointment of the Lagos Amotekun Corps Commander to the confirmation of the House, as it is in the practice and procedures of the House and because of the sensitivity of the position.

“Also, given the fact that the Lagos Amotekun may carry arms, the House considered it necessary that appointment of Amotekun Corps Commander be properly scrutinized.”

The lawmakers, however, agreed to uphold the observation of the executive in the provisions of Section 20(3) of the bill, to the effect that the removal of the Lagos Amotekun Corps Commander does not necessarily require the concurrence of the House, thus giving the governor the sole rights to determine the removal of the Corps Commander; and that there should be a single line of discipline in accordance with Public Service establishment and engagement.

Subsequently, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has directed the Clerk of the House,  Mr. Azeez Sanni, to forward without further delay, a clean copy of the Bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.

Lawmakers who moved the motion with Hon. Noheem, are; the Chief Whip Hon. (Mrs.) Mojisola Meranda, the Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara, Hons. Tunde Braimoh, Lukmon Olumoh, (Mrs.) Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, Rauf Age-Sulaimon and Sanni Okanlawon.


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