Operation Amotekun
By Henry Gabriel –
Governors from the South Western states of Nigeria are now seeking for a legal backing to enable them operate a security outfit it setup which has been code named Amotekun.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had declared the outfit illegal, warning the governors not to embark on illegality.
A fact-check carry out showed that the security outfit was established without any law from the states to back it up, thereby making it illegal.
Legal luminary, Femi Falana, knowing the implication of running a sensitive security outfit like Amotekun without a law backing it up, advised the governors to go back to their respective states and legalise the outfit.
He urged them to enact a law that will support the operation of Amotekun.
Elanza News gathered that there were reports of a meeting of the South West states Attorney General, obviously to mapout strategy on how to legalise Amotekun security outfit.
Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with the South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the issue.
The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun initiative.
However, due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser Media to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said the meeting was very fruitful adding that unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.
“Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.
“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure,” the statement added.
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