ABUJA (GVE) — FOLLOWING decision of the Federal Government through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to ban the South West Regional Security group code named Amotekun, Leaders Forum in the Middlebelt and Southern Nigeria have described the action as an abuse of office.
The forum said the minister’s action was meant to suppress rights of the smaller federating units, thus it should be ignored.
According to the leaders, the governors under the DAWN Commission should approach the court and seek redress, as continuous denial might make other parts of the country vulnerable to herders’ attack.
Malami on Tuesday evening had declared Amotekun as illegal. Based on his argument, such security outfit has no place in Nigeria’s constitution.
“We consider his action as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and in furtherance of the widely – held suspicion that sections of the country are deliberately being rendered vulnerable for herdsmen and other criminals by the Federal Government.
“We ask the Governors of the South West to ignore Malami and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself a court over elected governors; we are not under military rule.”
The group observed why the Hisbah and Civilian Joint Task Force would be legal in the northern part of the country while similar security outfit in the other region is labelled illegal.
However, the elders challenged the AGF to explain why Operation Amotekun is illegal.
“The right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives.
“The ultra vire action of the AGF has further exposed Nigeria as a country under command and control and governed by a conquest mentality.
“We ask Malami to tell us what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal, he should further explain to us what makes Civilian JTF legal in the North East where there is war and in Zamfara and Katsina and Kano where there is no war, while Amotekun is his only illegal take,” they insisted.
Credit: Global Village Extra