Malami Makes U-Turn Denies Saying Amotekun Is Illegal
The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami has denied saying the Southwestern security outfit Amotekun is illegal.
Jameela News understands that Malami who pointed out that Amotekun remains unconstitutional and illegal if not duly backed by the law, claims he was “misinterpreted”.
In a chat with Radio Nigeria, the AGF also Minister of Justice said he only suggested that the outfit be backed by the law.
His words, “I was misinterpreted on Operation Amotekun. I did not say it’s illegal.
“I said the Operation Amotekun should be properly backed by law, so if at the end of this government if the operation has been backed by law, any government that eventually succeeded this government would not rubbish the operation.
“I said if they failed to enact a law in support of Amotekun in the South-West Region of Nigeria, another government can come and say it’s illegal and this is because it is not backed up by any law.
“So, it is just a piece of advice to the state governors to use their power and the State Houses of Assembly in their various states to enact a law that will make the operation more effective.”
Jameela News recalls in a statement issued by Malami’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu, the AGF insisted that no amount of sentiment would legalise the establishment of a regional-based security entity like Amotekun in Nigeria.
The statement read, “No amount of effort to hide the truth will work. People can be carried away by sentimental or emotional inclinations, but the truth remains apparently palpable.
The bottom line is that the current Nigerian constitution does not accommodate the formation of regional security architecture. This is a fact which is indisputable and undeniable.“