Operation Amotekun: Federal lawmaker berates AGF Malami

Operation Amotekun: Federal lawmaker berates AGF Malami

- Reactions continue to trail the declaration of Operation Amotekun as illegal by the federal government

- A member of the House of Representatives, Taiwo Oluga, said the creation of Amotekun should be encouraged

- She advised the federal government to approach the court to seek an interpretation of the law rather becomes the judge itself

A member of the House of Representatives, Taiwo Oluga, has berated the minister for justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for declaring Operation Amotekun, a new security outfit in the southwest as illegal.

Oluga, who represents Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan federal constituency in Osun state, said the minister's action is an abuse of office and a deliberate attempt to suppress the security outfit initiative aimed at fighting kidnapping and banditry in the southwest.

PM News reports that she said the creation and launching of Amotekun by southwest governors should be encouraged and whoever does not support it can go to court.

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Operation Amotekun: Federal lawmaker berates AGF Malami
Operation Amotekun was launched recently by southwest governors. Photo credit: Oyo State Govt
Source: UGC

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Her words: “It is a rude shock for the Attorney-General, Malami to declare the outfit illegal. Without apology, Malami declaration is an abuse of office to suppress Amotekun outfit from performing.”

“If you have been terrorised or a victim of an attack, you won’t say that Amotekun is illegal. Every citizen has the right to protect himself or herself. I find it unbelievable for him not to have declared the civilian JTF in the northeast and Hisbah police illegal, so why will he declare Amotekun in the southwest illegal?”

She also advised Malami to approach the court to seek an interpretation of the law rather becomes the judge himself.

Similarly, chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group, Chief Olawale Oshun has described Malami’s statement that Operation Amotekun is illegal as rubbish.

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“He is talking arrant nonsense. Let him declare Hisbah police in the 10 Northern states illegal and also let him declare the Civilian Joint Task Force in the northeast. He is talking rubbish, arrant nonsense.

“Those are not Nigerian police institutions and they are not Nigerian security institutions but they were created because there is a need; Amotekun was created because there is a need for it. He is talking nonsense,” an angry Chief Oshun said.

The federal government had in a statement through Malami declared Operation Amotekun as illegal.

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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