South-West Governors to adopt legal framework for ‘Operation Amotekun’

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Governors of the South-West zone of Nigeria, have agreed to do the necessary legal framework to back the establishment of its regional security outfit, tagged ‘Operation Amotekun.’

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed this to State House Correspondents, after meeting between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the South-West Governors on Thursday.

The Governor said there was a misconception of the call for legal framework, not that the outfit was declared illegal by the Attorney General.

He said: “Well, we‘ve held a very fruitful discussion. Governors of the South-West were all there. The meeting was presided over by the Vice President and the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation was there and the Inspector General of Police.

“So, we have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward and the most important one is that we are going to have the legal framework to back this Amotekun and the legal framework is going to be one in which all of us will look at and will be sure that it goes without any hindrance.”

Akeredolu said the security outfit; ‘Operation Amotekun’ has come to stay, adding that the Federal government is not stopping the outfit.

“What I believe, our resolution is that Amotekun is there. You know the federal government is starting community policing and in essence, Amotekun is about community policing so we are going to work together to see the community policing and Amotekun work in a way.

“The Attorney General has said he was mis-interpreted so its so clear there was no time the federal government wanted to stop Amotekun.” he said.

On whether they did not consult before floating the outfit, the Governor said there were consultation.

“No, there were consultations because we held discussion with the Inspector General of Police then and what has developed is what led to this meeting. We just felt that with all this noise out there about Amotekun it is better for us to sit down.

“You remember, immediately the noise started, I said we are going to explore political solution and all of us are here even my colleague the Deputy Governor of Oyo who is a PDP member, all of us so we have looked at the political and legal solution to it and all of us will do it,” he explained.

On his part, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said he had nothing to add on the matter.

“The record has been set straight by His Excellency, I have nothing to add,” he said.

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