- Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice, maintains that Operation Amotekun, set up by south-western states of the country, does not have the backing of Nigerian laws
-The minister says Amotekun is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution
- Malami notes that the Nigerian constitution does not give any legal authority to state governments to make decisions on matters of defence
Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation has insisted that the paramilitary security outfit, Operation Amotekun, set up by south-western states of the country, is contrary to provisions of Nigerian laws.
The minister, in a statement, issued on Thursday, January 16, by Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his media aide maintained his earlier stand that the inauguration of Amotekun was illegal, The Guardian reports.
“The setting up of the paramilitary organization called ‘Amotekun’ is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law,” Malami said.
“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 stated that the Nigerian constitution does not give any legal authority to states government to make decisions on matters concerning defence.
“No other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence,” he said.
Meanwhile, the cattle breeders association, Miyetti Allah has said the Amotekun security initiative may cost the southwest the 2023 presidency.
This was disclosed by the national secretary of the Miyetti Allah Kautal, Alhassan Saleh.
The Nation reports that Saleh said that Southwest governors must withdraw support for the security outfit. He said this is will enable the region to stand a chance of taking a shot at the presidency come 2023.
However, another report has suggested that the federal government may take a fresh stand on 'Operation Amotekun', the southwest's security outfit launched in Ibadan, Oyo state recently, Legit.ng has learned.
Leading the mediation that is being considered between the federal government and the southwest governors is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, it was learned in the afternoon of Thursday, January 16.
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