Femi Falana Gives Southwest Governors Hint on How to make Amotekun Legal

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has urged the Southwest governors to give the "Operation Amotekun" legal backing for it to be valid.

Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said in a statement that the proposed security outfit is illegal and the state government has no right for such an outfit.

 However, in a statement issued on Tuesday, Femi Falana said the Federal Government has no right to declare the security outfit an illegal body.

He said: “Even though I had cause to join issues with Mr Malami over his legal opinion on the security outfit I was compelled to call on each of the south west governors to forward a bill to the house of assembly of each state for the formation of Amotekun.

“In the absence of an enabling legal instrument for the establishment, structure, functions, control, funding and operation of Amotekun, various interest groups in the country have continued to express divergent views on the needless controversy that has trailed the official inauguration of the security outfit.

“On their own part, the south-west governors have been assuring the federal government that Amotekun is not a regional paramilitary organisation but a zonal security outfit being set up to assist the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in combating incessant killings, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes that are on the ascendancy due in the region due to the negligence of the federal government to effectively police the country.

“Apart from those who are strenuously opposed to Amotekun the concerned people in the south-west zone who have embraced the security initiative are entitled to know the law setting it up. Therefore, the attorneys-general in the states in the south-west zone should be saddled with the urgent responsibility of ensuring that the enabling laws for Amotekun are enacted by the respective houses of assembly without any further delay.

“The Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch Law coupled with the Lagos State Security Trust Fund Law may be modified or adopted for Amotekun. Once the laws are enacted the federal government will be at liberty to test the constitutional validity of Amotekun in the Supreme Court.”

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