The focus of four major newspapers on Friday, January 24 is on Operation Amotekun as VP Yemi Osinbajo met with the southwest governors, the IGP Mohammed and the AGF Malami on Thursday, January 23.
On the front page of The Punch's newspaper is the report of the latest development on Operation Amotekun, the regional security network created by the southwest governors.
The newspaper reports that Osinbajo had a meeting with the southwest governors, the IGP and the AGF where a resolution with to allow the security outfit to continue.
The agreement reached after the meeting was that the governors should go to the drawing board and provide a legal backing for the security outfit.
Similarly, The Nation's front focused on Operation Amotekun, reporting that another part of the agreement reached in the meeting is that the security outfit will align with the federal government's security plan.
ThisDay newspaper, also carrying the Amotekun story on its front page, reports that a political solution has been reached while the next move is to 'legalise. the security outfit.
The newspaper adds that the governors will not have any problem with the next move as the speakers of the Houses of Assembly in the southwest have all agreed to come up with legal instruments needed.
The Amotekun controversy also occupies the front page of Vanguard, with the newspaper reporting that the AGF differed with Osinbajo and the southwest governors.
Legit.ng, however, notes that the statement credited to the AGF was made before the meeting.
The AGF after the meeting has said he is on the same page with the governors, refusing to make further comments.
The Amotekun saga, since the launch on January 9, has been a subject of heated arguments on social media. See some of the arguments below:
Apostle Suleman tweeted: "The people of the south-west in Nigeria have a right to float their security outfit..the AGF is not a law court..Am in support of Amotekun..anything to ensure safety of lives/properties is appropriate..only praying the govs dont turn it to a political tool just like BH started.."
"You should not protest against Amotekun. No need. The SW Governors did not obviously do enough consultation and also had no enabling law which could have situated the Amotekun within constitutional acceptance. They can and should fix this...," Arinola I. Awokoya tweeted.
Away from the Amotekun saga, The Guardian's front page's focus is on the report of the Transparency International (TI) which puts a question mark on President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption fight.
The TI report ranked Nigeria lower than the previous year in terms of the corruption perception index.
The report, according to the newspaper is causing furore as stakeholders in the Buhari-led administration, especially the AGF Malami and the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, disagreed with the TI.
However, the opposition PDP latched on to the opportunity, stating that the report has validated its position that corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration.
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