Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has pronounced ‘Amotekun’, the security outfit newly inaugurated by the governors of the South-West states as illegall.
In a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Adviser on media and public Relations, (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice) Dr. Umar Gwandu says setting up of the paramilitary organization “Amotekun” runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”.
According to the statement, no State Government, whether singly or in a group has the legal right and competence to establish any form of organization or agency for the defence of Nigeria or any of its constituent parts.
It adds that by the provision of Item 45 of the Second Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) authorizing the Police and other Federal government security services established by law to maintain law and order.
The security body was recently launched by the governors of the South-West states to tackle kidnapping and other criminal activities in the zone.