In defiance of the meeting held on Thursday between the Federal Government representatives and the six states governors in the southwest on the creation of Amotekun, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, yesterday in a release declared the security outfit illegal.
Abubakar Malami through his Special Assistant on Media, Dr. Umar Gwandu maintained that Southwest states should first enact relevant laws to back Amotekun.
Malami said; “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, adding that the Nigerian constitution makes no room for the regional army.”
Malami continues: “No amount of effort to hide the truth will work. People could be carried away by sentimental or emotional inclinations, but the truth remains apparently palpable.
”The bottom line is that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not accommodate the formation of regional security architecture.
“This is a fact which is indisputable and undeniable. Mr. Falana was prevaricating and circumlocution using evasive techniques when he was asked by the media to justify the presence of lacuna within the law which could establish or protect the concept of regionalism in any operation in the country.
“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 Federal Government appreciates that legally-minded Nigerians have started to eschew emotions by offering legal comments on the matter as against being carried away by other inclinations.
“The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is committed to the rule of law and a constitutional democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria,”