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Religious groups, civil societies, political parties, Agbekoyas, others support Amotekun

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Stakeholders across Lagos State have pledged their support for the creation of Amotekun in the state.

They spoke during a  day Stakeholders Forum on a bill for a law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) Agency Law, 2019 aimed at establishing the Amotekun Corps on Monday 24th February, 2020 at the Pavilion at the Assembly premises.

The representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) stated that the church is in support of Amotekun and that they would pray for the success of the corps, while commending the proponents of the concept.

Also supporting the project, a Security Consultant and Analyst, Mr. Dickson Osagie urged the government to emphasise proper training of the personnel of Amotekun, adding that insufficient parenting has been contributing to the high rate of insecurity in Lagos State.

In his comment, the Chairman of the Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Chief Sunday Olaifa, who spoke on behalf of the party’s chairman in the state, Engineer Adedeji Doherty said that the party is in support of Amotekun. 

He however said that the party would want the state government not to employ personnel on party, religion or ethnic basis. 

He said that qualified people should be employed and that there are enough charms in Yoruba land to ensure the success of Amotekun.

In his contributions, a security expert, Mr. Gboyega Alowonle said that the state assembly should look at the recruitment of personnel and training. 

“Let us ensure that the personnel go through due diligence. You cannot rule out Nigerian Police in the area of security, and Community Policing is also important,” he said.

Also contributing, Mr. Lekan Otukoya advised that the government should give consideration to those who started neighbourhood watch in the state then. 

Otukoya said that members of the neighbourhood watch were laid off in 2016 without compensations, but that they had been doing good jobs since 1996, when they started.

Hon. Babatunde Adetunji, in his view suggested that irrespective of the qualification of the personnel, they should be people who understand the terrain, and that there should be penalty for erring officers. 

Ibrahim Abubakar, who spoke for the Seriki Hausawa of Alimosho suggested that people should be careful about provocative statements. 
Abubakar said that the Hausas should give people sense of belonging, and that  Community on board and let us communicate with our people.

The Chairman of Agbekoyas in Lagos State, Alhaji Davis said that they had the ability to fight crimes without using arms or weapons. 

“Let us employ those who know the job rather than using enemies. We should not use just anybody. Agbekoyas have the power to cope and fight criminals,” he said.

According to Yoruba Youth Council, banditry, raping, illegal fire arms and trespassing should parts of the crimes. Members of the state house of Assembly should be involved in the removal of the commanders.We should also note the issue of training and recruitment.

Another stakeholder, Mr. Adio Abiola stated that CDAs and CDCs members should be included in the recruitment of  members of the Amotekun Corps, saying that they know the terrain, and that the community leaders should also be involved in the process.

Babatunde Odunlami explained that hirng and removal of the head of Amotekun should not be left in the hand of the Governors alone, and that members of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)  and those of the civil societies should be on the board.

General Secretary of Coalition of Oodua Group, Mr. Rasak Olokooba stated that the lawmakers should define the roles of states and federal on Amotekun clearly. 

“The police and the Nigerian Army do not have the ability to secure the states properly. 

“State police ought to secure the assembly and perform other security roles. 

“All these should be made constitutional. When criminals are arrested in Lagos State, can we hand them over to the federal police, who might not handle the matter well.

Comrade Gbenga Ekundayo from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said that there could not be economic growth without security. 

Ekundayo said that there was need for creativity to ensure security in the state. 

He said that there should be a system to make an average adult parts of the security system. 

“We can make use of volunteers for our security system. We need technology such as data gathering and record of the people in the state,” he said. 

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh said that  Section 14 (B) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stated that security is the number one job of the government.

Braimoh stressed that ciitizens enjoy all the amenities provided by the government only if they have life. 

“I welcome you all to the Lagos State House of Assembly, where we emphasise your interest. 

“What is being done is an amendment of Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC)  Law of 2016, Lagos State. The law came from the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

“The public hearing is meant to stimulate discussions on the law. We want to establish a complimentary security network as provided for by the 1999 Constitution of the country,” he said. 

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa stated that the meeting was called to talk about security. 

“We can recall the killings, raping, armed robbery that have been happening all over the country. 

“Our governors came together to form an outfit that could combat crimes, which was what brought about “Amotekun”. 

“The constitution of the country talks about protection of lives and properties. 

“We came up with LNSC law to support our police in crime control and prevention. 

“All the states of the country have been copying this. The LNSC Law will be amended to accommodate “Amotekun.” Security in Lagos State is different from those of other states. “Amotekun” has come to stay in Lagos State,” he said.

While doing the overview of the Bill, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that it was not the first amendment to the LNSC law.
Agunbiade said that the law was made in 2016 and that it was amended in 2019. 

He said that Lagos State is not in isolation, and that it is working with other states that have experienced kidnapping, killings, raping, armed robbery, cattle rustling, terrorism and others. 

He emphasized that the Governors in the South West states decided to come up with “Amotekun” and that they incorporated it into the LNSC Law.

“It seeks to amend 39 Sections of the LNSC of 2019. The Bill has nine sections with threes incidental sections and six on critical amendments.
“The purpose of the amendment is to energise what we already have in the state and make it more impactful. 

“Amotekun is an animal that is brave, bold and vicious and that could operate on land and water. “Amotekun” Corps would be vicious and operate on land, water and even in the forest.

“Members of the “Amotekun” Corps would bear arms that would be licensed by the police to make it legal,” he said.

He said that they wanted to ensure that the state had the impact of the people on whom the law would be enforced.

“LNSC Law is good for us, but we want to have something better.

“Amotekun Corps would make use of the powers given to us by our forefathers. The police itself is short-staffed, so members of “Amotekun” Corps will add value to the force,” he said. 

Chairman of APC in Lagos State, Alhaji Tunde Balogun said that Amotekun was right and proper.

He said that Amotekun is a fantastic project and a good concept, and that there could be a collaboration amongst the states in the South West, and that Amotekun will provide information to the police and other security agencies.

Are Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams stated that a lot of people in Yoruba land were saying that Amotekun could cause problem, but that he told them that the Yorubas were the most organised in Nigeria and that the meeting had confirmed that. 

“Amotekun has brought about unity in the South West, it has never happened before. 

“We informed them that Amotekun is not state police and that it is different. 

“I want to allay the fears of those who think Amotekun would harm them not to have any fear. 

“The interest of everybody in the state would be protected under Amotekun. We cannot sit here without security, and we thank the Lagos State Government for being part of the project,” he said.

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Lagos state will continue to Experience a Greater Lagos Rising …..Gov Sanwo.

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The Governor of Lagos state Mr Babajide.Sanwo olu have harped on making tge people of the state enjoy more dividend of democracy as he seek for re election into the lagos house come 2023.

Mr Sanwo assured his people more capital development as he flagged up his Rally in Lagos state on Saturday at the Onikan stadium in Lagos state .

He said that the state was able to surmount the global challenges and carried out populist projects, saying that

Sanwo-Olu said that the state is rising because of the projects and achievements that were recorded so far, adding that there are still much to be done to keep the state rising.

” You have seen what we have done across all local governments. New roads were constructed, existing ones were completed. New fire stations were built in Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Iru/Victoria and others, the health facilities were strengthened and many more.

” It is time for us to take this campaign to the doorstep of our neighbours, and voters. Tell them what we have done and about the Greater Lagos Rising. Let us all go out to talk to all our friends out there to vote for us on election day.

” We appreciate your love, support and solidarity for us. We urge you to vote all our candidates in the coming 2023 general elections, from presidential to the House of Assembly elections. You have always been voting the APC in Lagos. We want you to work with us and as well journey with us by giving us your mandate”, said Sanwo-Olu.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said that if Lagosians want to continue to enjoy a better Lagos, they should re-elect Sanwo-Olu.

Olusi said that over 160 new roads were constructed under the Sanwo-Olu administration and that more of that can only be done if the governor is re-elected.

He, however, urged the people to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying that Lagos had never presented presidential candidate since 1999.

Also, a member of the GAC, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, said that the 2023 presidential election would be a payback time for Tinubu for his contribution to the development of democracy in Nigeria, saying that the party is targeting 5million votes in Lagos.

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APC Rally : we are showing our loyalty to Tinubu and sanwo olu …monarch declared

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..vowed to canvass en mass

The Monarch of Iba kingdom in Ojo local government in lagos state , Oba Sulaimon Raji , Oniba Ekun have called all resident of ojo and lagos state to rally around the APC Presidential candidates Bola Ahmed Tinubu ,shettima,Governor Sanwo olu , Adebule and all candidates in the state in the coming 2023 Election .

Oba Raji , chairman of the Lagos Monitoring Park Authority (LASMPA) ,a break out of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (Rtean )made the appealed to the Electorate at a walk Rally organized by the group on Wednesday at iyana iba, lagos, according to Oba Raji
“We have called out our people today to walk with their king and support our candidates ,in APC , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have done so well for our people in Iba kingdom, so also our amiable Governor Babajide Sanwo olu , so we are using this walk to rededicate our stand for him , that the people of Aworiland are strongly with him” , Oba Raji said .

Oba Jafo as popularly called ,also held a carnival show to sensitized the people on why they should vote for APC in all the political office , he urged all traders motorist , and commuter to get their PVC set as 2023 ,Elections will be berthing on the PVC . The chairman of lagos state APC , pastor cornilius Ojelabi and the DG of lagos state Campaign committee senator Ganiyu Solomon was Represented by the Deputy DG ,Mr Fuad Oki , while candidates for Lagos state house of Assembly were also in the walk .

Highlights of the rally was a mega musical show featuring Fuji musician Pasuma , and his counterpart Malika ,and other artist .

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Tinubu urged Youth to collect their PVC and vote for progressive

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As Sanwo-Olu, descrined him to Progressive Governors: ‘He’s country best choice for president’

The Lagos state hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team.

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice.

Meanwhile., the chairman of Arewa communities APC lagos state have described asiwaju bola Ahmed as a saviour to Nigerians . Engr saadu Yusuf Gulma while adddressing journalist at the rally called on all Arewa in south west and Lagos state to look beyond all odd and sugggested that Arewa commmunities are set to deliver votes en mass to both the incoming President senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate kashim Shettima also the Governors of south west , including Mr Babajide Sanwo olu .

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