"Operation Amotekun" is Illegal - FG
By Jude Chukwuemeka
The Federal Government has declared the security outfit by South-West states known as Operation Amotekun as illegal.
This was conveyed through a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu.
The reason for government ban is that “Amotekun” which was launched few days ago, is not backed by any law of Nigeria.
“Operation Amotekun” which was launched as security measure against the increasing waves of kidnapping, robbery and other spate of insecurity in the country, has already received much applaud from notable Nigerians in the South-West.
Government statement reads in part: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
“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.
“As a consequence of this, no State Government, whether singly or in a group has the legal right and competence to establish any form of organization or agency for the defence of Nigeria or any of its constituent parts.
“This is sanctioned by the provision of Item 45 of the Second Schedule of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) authorizing the Police and other Federal Government security services established by law to maintain law and order.
“The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses associated with organization, administration and participation in “Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.
“Finally, it is important to put on record that the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice was not consulted on the matter.
“If it had, proper information and guidance would have been offered to ensure that Nigeria’s defence and corporate entity are preserved at all times.”
Governors of the six states in the South-west that promoted Amotekun are soon to meet to decide how to respond to yesterday’s declaration of the security outfit as unconstitutional.
Furthermore, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has urged the governors to ignore Malami and called on the federal government to go to court if it felt the governors were wrong in promoting Amotekun.
In response to the latest developments, Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, said he believed that Buhari government will not be in support of the Southwest security outfit because of the interest of herdsmen.
He clarified that the present administration’s primary interest is to protect herdsmen not ‘sons of Oduduwa’.
“Anybody that believes that a Govt. whose primary interest is to protect the interest and further the fortunes of the Fulani & their herdsmen would want the sons of Oduduwa to defend themselves against mass murder is naive,” Fani wrote on Twitter.