The new Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo State, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju has confirmed that one more death has been recorded as a result of the June 5 terror attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
She said the number of fatalities is now 41 while 17 persons were still being hospitalised.
While commiserating with the bereaved families and praying for speedy recovery of those still in the hospital, the Commissioner restated the commitment of the State Government to having a memorial site built in honour of all the victims.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has signed into law the first amendment to the Ondo State Security Network Agency Law.
A statement on Thursday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary noted that the new amendment became imperative in light of the heightened insecurity across the state.
He assured that the amended Law will enhance the security architecture of the State and help the Amotekun Corps to perform better.
This signing of the amendment comes two weeks after the State House of Assembly has passed a bill to amend the Ondo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps law 2022.
The lawmakers unanimously also passed a bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Ondo State Security Trust Fund and other.
The Chairman House Committee on Security, Mr Ololade Gbegudu, submitted the report for consideration and approval and after thorough scrutiny by its committee, it subsequently scaled through the third reading at the plenary. Gbegudu had said that sections 4, 5, 6, 14, 16 and 18 of the Principal law were amended.
Gbegudu said the bills would provide funds for special equipment, training and retraining of Amotekun personnel as well as foster an effective and enduring public private partnership for crime prevention, and eradication in Ondo State.
He added that it would provide for joint border patrols with neighbouring states under the leadership of the Amotekun State Commanders.
Also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye appreciated Governor Akeredolu for assenting to the amendment to the law which established the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun.
He assured that the development will scale up the operational capacities of the state security outfit.
He used the occasion to announce the procurement of newly acquired operational vehicles to be distributed to all security operatives in the state including the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Directorate of State Security and Amotekun Corps to fortify the performances of security agencies in the state.