- Femi Falana (SAN) has tackled the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, over his statement declaring Operation Amotekun illegal
- Falana said the AGF should approach the Supreme Court if he believes Operation Amotekun is illegal as he claimed
- The senior lawyer advised the southwest governors to ignore Malami's statement and proceed with Amotekun by enacting necessary laws to back it up
Nigeria's foremost human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, says the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has no power to proscribe any organisation in the country.
Falana said this in reaction to Malami's declaration that Operation Amotekun, a regional security outfit launched by southwest governors, is illegal.
Channels TV reports that Falana described Malami's statement as discriminatory and hypocritical, explaining that two northern states, Kano and Zamfara, have a similar agency (Hisbah commission) which the AGF did not say anything about.
“In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federal Government is clearly diversionary and hypocritical. Hypocritical in the sense that the governments of Kano and Zamfara states have set up HISBAH Commission and just recently, the HISBAH operatives in Zamfara State arrested a police officer alleged to have been caught in the midst of three women," the human rights lawyer said.
Falana added that there is also a civilian JTF, a group of volunteers assisting the Nigerian Army, in the northeast.
Speaking further, Falana noted that in the northeast zone, there is a civilian JTF made up of 26000 volunteers armed to assist the military in waging the counter-insurgence operations.
Falana also explained that state governors do not have to consult the AGF before taking decisions on issues affecting them as they have their respective attorneys general.
He noted that the southwest governors had met with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, before the launch of Amotekun, adding that the police endorsed the initiative.
Falana also stated that though the constitution stipulates that there shall be only one police force in Nigeria, the federal government itself has breached the constitution by setting up other police forces such as the Nigerian Security and Defence Corps and the State Security Service (SSS).
He advised the southwest governors to ignore Malami's statement and proceeds with Amotekun by enacting necessary laws to back it up.
The senior lawyer told Malami to take the matter to the Supreme Court if he believes Operation Amotekun is illegal as he claimed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, on Wednesday, January 15, insisted that the southwest zone has a right to protect itself against internal and external attacks.
Iba Adams issued the declaration in reaction to the statement credited to Malami that Amotekun is illegal.
Adams also revealed that at a meeting with the presidency just before the launch of Amotekun, the southwest governors were under pressure, but that they insisted on the protection of the people of the zone.
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