Members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association today stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly and demanded to be included in the South-West Security initiative code-named “Operation Amotekun.”
It will be recalled that over the weekend, Miyetti Allah had expressed its readiness to mobilize its members across the South-Western States to attend the public hearings scheduled to hold simultaneously at the different Houses of Assembly across the member states.
There was uproar during the hearing when a representative of Serikin Hausa community in Alimosho area of the state, Ibrahim Abubakar demanded the inclusion of the Hausa community in the Amotekun corps.
The members of the Miyetti Allah group disagreed with some aspects of the proposed security bill and comments arising from the hearing saying deliberations were tilted towards malicious intents that could result in ethnic disagreements moving forward.
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had earlier opened the floor with a keynote address, stressing the need for the establishment of Operation Amotekun in the state.
The Speaker said kidnapping and all other forms of criminal and criminal ties gave rise the convergence of the South West Governors to find a common ground and solution to the menace hence the emergence of Amotekun, nothing that the neighbourhood safety corps has gone through some amendment beginning in 2015 and in the light of this, the 2019 amendment bill was brought to the public for deliberation in the integration and incorporation of Amotekun concept into the neighbourhood safety corps which is the state’s local security platform.
When it was time for public participation, devise views took centre stage, with ethnic, religious, and political sentiments coming to play
It was subsequently agreed that all suggestions, contributions and views would be critically looked into after which the house will deliberate towards the final part of the bill to make Operation Amotekun a part of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps.