Operation Amotekun remains illegal – Malami retreated
A few minutes after it was reported that Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is holding a closed-door meeting with South-West governor, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, who was also present at the meeting has reiterated his stand again on the establishment of Amotekun.
9jatoday leant that the Malami during the meeting which was held today in the Villa said again that the regional security outfit established by South-West governors remains illegal.
The Attorney General of the Federation made stated this again on Thursday, noting that he has not changed his position on the scheme.
Meanwhile, Malami’s initial position sparked nationwide outrage, with some notable southern leaders accusing the federal government of discriminating against the south-west since there were similar outfits in the north.
The AGF who was represented in the meeting by his spokesperson, Umar Gandu, said; “By asking for the state governments of Southwestern Nigeria to proceed to enact the necessary laws, in justifying the legality of the establishment and operation of Amotekon, Mr Femi Falana is reaffirming and reiterating the Federal Government’s stance that the establishment of the operation currently is illegal.”
“No amount of effort to hide the truth will work. People could be carried away by sentimental or emotional inclinations, but the truth remains apparently palpable.
“The bottom line is that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not accommodate the formation of regional security architecture. This is a fact which is undisputable and undeniable.
“Mr Falana was prevaricating and circumlocuting using evasive techniques when he was asked by the media to justify the presence of lacuna within the law which could establish or protect the concept of regionalism in any operation in the country. He was unable to supply answers to the question and failed to cite relevant laws that back the argument.”
He added further that the outfit is not backed by any law, whether federal or state, so it cannot be regarded as a legal organisation.
“It is interesting that no matter the situation truth prevails. This arrangement called Amotekun is not backed by any law neither at the State nor at the Federal Government level. Amotekun, therefore, remains unconstitutional and illegal as already indicated,” said Malami.
“The Federal Government appreciates that legally minded Nigerians have started to eschew emotions by offering legal comments on the matter as against being carried away by other inclinations.”