Major headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Monday, January 13, focus on the criticism that has followed the inauguration of Operation Amotekun, a security outfit in the southwest region of the country.
This Day reports that the inauguration of Operation Amotekun, a security outfit for the southwest region for the country, has sparked a lot of criticism, especially among northern youths.
However, in defence of the launch of Amotekun, the Ekiti chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has dismissed claims that the move violates the country's constitution of 1999.
Vanguard reports that claims that the salary of officials of the joint security outfit will be N13,500, has sparked tension in the region, even if the Ondo state government has said that no fixed amount has been agreed by the governors.
One of the groups who have rejected the rumoured amount is the Soludero Hunters Association (SHA).
Still on the issue of security, Punch reports that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have issued a warning to the officers of Operation Amotekun to avoid breaching security in any way.
Top police officials from Ekiti, Ogun and Osun have said that the force will not tolerate any illegal possession of arms from the officers of the security outfit.
However, The Nation reports that Itse Sagay, the chairman of the presidential advisory committee against corruption, has said that there is nothing illegal about the establishment of Amotekun.
Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, on his part has said that the federal government is yet to decide on the legality of the outfit.
The Guardian reports that in a bid to cushion the effect of rising prices of food items and poverty level, the Senate is said to be working on a bill that will ensure food security in Nigeria.
The bill, tagged Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill 2019 (SB 240), seeks to make free access to food supply a fundamental human right in the country.
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