- The declaration of Amotekun as illegal by the federal government has been opposed by a southwest and middle belt group
- The southern and middle belt forum has said that only a court of law can invalidate the joint security outfit
- The forum said that any croup or citizen of the country has a right to protect themselves from the violence of any sort
The position of the federal government that the joint security outfit (Amotekun) established by southwest states is illegal has triggered a lot of heated reactions from the region.
Apart from the fact that some sections of the country have said that only a court of law can invalidate the group, southern and middle belt leaders forum has said that the declaration of the federal government proves that some states in the country are deliberately left vulnerable to attacks by criminals, Premium Times reports.
The forum called on governors in the region to ignore the stance of Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, adding that he should take the case to court instead of constituting himself as one.
It further said that the right of any citizen or group in the country to protect themselves from harm and violence is necessarily not under any exclusive list.
The group said: “We insist that what the Governors have done is what individuals and neighbourhoods can legally do to secure their lives and property.
“The right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives."
It also wondered why a security outfit like Amotekun has been declared illegal, while Hisbah (Sharia police) is regarded as constitutional.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had declared the southwest security outfit, Operation Amotekun as illegal.
The government's position was contained in a statement by Malami 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.
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