Amotekun: FG, south-west governors move to set up legal framework for security outfit/

The federal government and governors of states in the south-west have finally agreed to constitute a legal framework for the Operation Amotekun, a recent security outfit launched in the region.

This follows a meeting between the governors and federal government delegates led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, stated the meeting was to address the dusts raised by the launch of the security outfit.

Also speaking, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who had earlier described the initiative as illegal noted the meeting was fruitful

His words: “Well we had a very fruitful discussion. Governors of south-west, as you know, we were all there. The meeting was presided over by the Vice President. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation was there as well as the Inspector General of Police.

“So, we have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward. The most important one is that we are going to have legal framework to back this Amotekun. And this legal framework is going to be one which we all are going to look at and will be sure to go without any hindrance.”

Asked if the security outfit would be put on hold while issues on its legal framework is being addressed, Malami said: “No. What I believe is our resolution is that Amotekan is there, you know the federal government is starting community policing, in essence really is about community. So, we are going to work together to see the community policing and Amotekan work in a way.

“We felt that with all these noise outside it is better for us to sit down. Remember that immediately the noise started, I said that we are going to explore political solution and all of us are here, my colleague the deputy governor of Oyo who is of the PDP, all of us are here. So we have looked at this solution to it now, both political and legal solutions to it and all of us will do it.”

On his part, Osinbajo, in a statement issued through his spokesman, Laolu Akande, also described the meeting as fruitful.

The statement read: “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police,” the statement read.

“The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative. However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.

“The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward. 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.”