The Nigerian Government has opposed the establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ by South-West states, says it’s an illegal institution.
The Government of Nigeria, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said that the group runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian laws.
He added that no state government have the right to set up any form of organisation to protect its territory without approval from the federal government.
Malami’s Statement Reads; The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called AMOTEKUN is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
According to Nigerian Constitution 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.
The Governors of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo Ekiti and Ogun states had united to launch ‘Operation Amotekun’ to combat insecurity and crime in the region.