…Says FG vindicated by Falana’s call on SW states to enact laws to back Amotekun
…Insists Nigeria’s constitution makes no room for regional army
Despite street protests and widespread outpouring of regional support for it, the Federal Government for the second time in less than two weeks, declared the Southwest Security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as an illegal entity not known to the constitution of Nigeria and which had no license to operate in the country.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made the declaration in Abuja in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Dr. Umar Gwandu and made available to Vanguard.
Malami also pointed out that the recapitulation by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, that Southwest states should first enact relevant laws to back Amotekun had vindicated the Federal Government’s stance that the security outfit was illegal and could not therefore stand.
“By asking for the state governments of the 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,” the minister stated.
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The minister said it was interesting that Mr Falana, who had earlier wanted to give in to the argument that Amotekun was justified, become evasive when confronted by the media to cite relevant laws giving fillip to the security outfit, adding that there was no ambiguity over the fact that the matter had no basis in law.
The minister added: “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.
The minister, who maintained that the Nigerian constitution makes no room for regional army, pointed out that the government was not at war with any of the states of the federation.