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The Amotekun Corps in Ogun state has appealed to the State government to amend the existing law in order to allow them to prosecute suspects.
The Commander of the Corps in the State, David Akinyemi stated that arrested suspects were being handed over to other law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
Akinyemi made this known on Thursday during a radio programme .
Akinyemi said “the law that established Amotekun corps didn’t give us the power to take them to the court. That is why hand suspects to the police and we have been pleading that the law be amended to give us the power to prosecute those we arrested.”
He noted that their counterpart in Ondo State have the power to prosecute suspects which has eased the job of other forces in the state.
“In Ondo State, Amotekun can prosecute suspects through the Ministry of Justice.
“In Ogun State too, we are appealing to the Ministry of Justice to amend the law to allow us prosecute suspects.
“The situation now is that once we arrest suspects, we hand them over to the police for further investigation; likewise if we arrest a person involve in drugs, we hand him or her over to the NDLEA; likewise human traffickers, we hand them over to NAPTIP.”
He added that amending the law that established the Corps to allow them prosecute suspects will strengthen the security in the state.
“If we have the power to take suspect to court, it will make our work more appreciable and yielding in the state.
“If they make the law and they are yet to implement the law, you will not know the defects of some of the clauses in such law.
“When we started using the law that was when we noticed the shortcomings of those laws.”
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