- Malami has retracted his earlier comment on Amotekun initiative
- The AGF had declared the new security outfit illegal
- Malami, however, supported the initiative after meeting with Osinbajo and southwest governors
The agitation over the legality or illegality of Operation Amotekun established by the southwest governors came to an end on Thursday, January 23, as all stakeholders who were either supporting or against the initiative, agreed to find common ground.
Channels TV reports that the truce was reached at the meeting between Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, and the southwest governors.
Also present at the meeting were Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of federation, and the nation's IG of police, Abubakar Adamu.
Malami had been reported to have declared Amotekun unconstitutional and illegal, citing failure to back it by either state or federal law.
He had said: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called ‘Amotekun’ is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.”
The minister, however, made a u-turn on Thursday, January 23, over ‘Operation Amotekun'.
Rotimi Akeredolu who is the current governor of Ondo state said that at no time had the federal government declared Amotekun illegal.
He said: "The attorney-general was misinterpreted. It is so clear. At no time did the government want to stop Amotekun. So there is no problem.”
Asked to respond Akeredolu’s comment, Malami said: “The record has been set straight by His Excellency, I have nothing to add.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government and the southwest governors on Thursday, January 23, finally reached an agreement on Operation Amotekun.
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