Friday, 24 January 2020

After Meeting VP Osinbajo, S’west Govs, AGF Comes To Compromise Over Amotekun

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 The office of the Attorney General of the federation which serves as the representative of the federal government  and governors of the southwestern region have come to a compromise after a much-heated debate that trails the legality of the creation of  Amotekun,  a south-west regional security network.

A statement from the VP’s office, after the meeting, said it “was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.”

It said the states were asked to put a legal framework in place for Amotekun.

The VP’s media aide, Mr Laolu Akande, wrote, “Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the states to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”

The governors present at the meeting aside from Akeredolu were those of Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi); Osun (Adegboyega Oyetola); and Ogun (Dapo Abiodun).

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was absent, while Oyo State was represented by its deputy governor.

A video circulating social media network shows how Malami declined to speak to state house correspondents after  the said meeting with vice president Osinbajo but remarked “we are on the same page, and smiled”

However, Chairman of southwest Governors’ forum, former Nigeria Bar Association President and present Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu told journalists that deliberations behind closed-door was fruitful.

He said after all the issues relating to Amotekun were discussed, the meeting agreed that the legal framework should be worked out for the outfit.

Akeredolu added that the governors would return home and work out the framework accordingly.

He said, “We held a very fruit discussion, the governors of the South-West were there. The AGF and the IGP also attended. The meeting was presided over by the VP.

“We have rubbed minds and all of us agreed on the way forward. The most important thing is that we are going to have the legal framework to back Amotekun. And this legal framework is one in which all of us will be part of.

“What I believe is that Amotekun is there. And you know the Federal Government is also starting community policing. So, we are going to work together to see that community policing and Amotekun work together.”

Asked why there were no consultations with the Federal Government before the states launched the outfit, the governor replied that there were consultations.

He alluded to the fact of Malami saying that he was “misquoted” on his earlier stance by declaring Amotekun as “illegal.

Akeredolu, who spoke in the presence of the AGF, said, “There were consultations with even the IG before starting Amotekun. What has developed, the noise out there, was the report that there were no consultations, but there were consultations.

“As part of the solution, we said there was going to be a political solution. So, what has happened now (the meeting with the VP) is part of the political solution.

Earlier before now, the Attorney general and minister of justice, Malami Abubakar through his media adviser, Dr Gwandu declared Amotekun as illegal. He asserted that it is illegal for states governments either singly or jointly top set up any security outfit under the current democratic dispensation!

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