The President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria has declared the newly launched south-west security outfit codenamed: “Amotekun”, illegal.
Governors of the states in the South-West region of Nigeria had said the group was established to tackle the rising cases of criminality in the region.
The South-West region of Nigeria is the root of the Yoruba tribe in the country.
One of the governors from the region, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, had also made it clear that the outfit is not regional police.
The establishment of ‘Amotekun’ has, however, sparked a debate which has created mixed reactions.
On Tuesday, the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, in a statement said remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government.
The AGF said governors do not have the right to float such security outfit.
“The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called Amotekun is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law,” Malami said in the statement which Umar Gwandu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the army, navy and air force, 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 organisation 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)
authorising the police and other Federal
Government security services established by law to maintain law and order.”