- The Benue state government and other states from the Middle Belt are reportedly planning to emulate the southwest by creating a regional security outfit like Amotekun
- An anonymous claimed the zone will create a regional security outfit to address its security challenges irrespective of the federal government's position
- The source also advised the federal government to support regional security outfit initiative rather than discourage it
Nigerians from the middle belt have reportedly indicated readiness to create a regional security outfit, similar to Operation Amotekun created by southwest governors.
Vanguard reports that the people of Benue state and the Middle Belt said they were not opposed to the initiative.
They said they would emulate the security initiative following the declaration by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, that the southwest security outfit is illegal.
Citing anonymous sources, the national daily newspaper reports that the Benue state government is open to having such a similar outfit in the middle belt.
The sources reportedly stated that governments of the middle belt zone are prepared to emulate the initiative.
Legit.ng notes that one of the sources said the middle belt will create a regional security outfit irrespective of the federal government's pronouncement.
The source advised the federal government to support regional security outfit initiative rather than discourage it.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria's foremost human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, said the AGF, Malami, has no power to proscribe any organisation in the country.
Falana said this in reaction to Malami's declaration that Operation Amotekun is illegal.
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.
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.
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