- The federal government has taken a stance on Operation Amotekun, the new security outfit in the southwest region of Nigeria
- The government through the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, declared the outfit as illegal
- Malami said as the chief law officer of the country, he was not consulted before the idea of the operation was deliberated upon
The federal government has declared the southwest security outfit, Operation Amotekun as illegal.
The government's position was contained in a statement by Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami SAN released on his behalf by his media aide, Jubril Gwandu.
The minister said as the chief law officer of the country, he was not consulted before the idea of the operation was deliberated upon.
“This is a matter that is within the exclusive operational competence of the federal government of Nigeria. No other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.
“The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
“The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria,” the minister said.
Recall that the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) had kicked against the formation of the security outfit in the southwest.
The national president of NYCN, Isah Abubakar, in a statement issued in Kaduna, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail.
Interestingly, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, recently disclosed that a similar security outfit to Amotekun for the north will soon be unveiled.
Lalong said this while speaking to Aso Villa correspondents after meeting with President Buhari on Friday, January 10.
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