- Ekiti state governor, Fayemi, has made new clarifications on the establishment of Amotekun
- Southwest governors had on Thursday, January 9, inaugurated Operation Amotekun Initiative
- But the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, later declared the security initiative illegal
Amid the criticisms that greeted the comment made by the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, that the establishment of Operation Amotekun initiative is illegal, the chairman of Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, has again reacted.
The Guardian reports that Fayemi disclosed on Thursday, January 16, that the national security agencies were properly informed before the establishment of the southwest security outfit.
He said the conventional security agencies were carried along and had agreed to support the operation of the joint security organisation.
Fayemi, who is also the governor of Ekiti state, spoke at the 17th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja.
He noted that Amotekun is not a duplication or replacement for the Nigeria police but was established to complement the existing security agencies.
Legit.ng noted that the federal government had, through Malami, proclaimed the joint security outfit as illegal, adding that the establishment of army, police and other security outfits was on the exclusive list which could only be exercised by the federal government.
But Fayemi argued that while some commentators see conflict in the establishment of Amotekun, the move would further deepen public debate on the idea of community policing.
He said: “We see Amotekun as a logical end product to the community police debate. That is why we say it is to complement the police in response to security challenges, information gathering and so on. In the process of doing this, the conventional security agencies were taken along and they have agreed to collaborate with us."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigeria's foremost human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, said Malami has no power to proscribe any organisation in the country.
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