Tobi Adebayo, Daniel Ojukwu
Former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Ubani, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has no power to declare illegal, South West security outift, Amotekun.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had declared Amotekun illegal and said its setting up runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Law.
Speaking to AN24.net, Ubani said, “the Federal Government have no right to declare Amotekun unconstitutional, only the judiciary can.
“Issue of security is the exclusive right of the State governors, they are the Chief Security Officers of their various states, and if they set up something good becasue they want lives and properties secured in their various states, there is nothing illegitimate or unconstitutional about it.”
Another legal practitioner, Barrister Ikpen Wellington Mudiaga said, “if we have an organisation like Hisbah in the north, and they are operating as a complementary security outfit to the police, I don’t see any reason why this one here should not be allowed to operate.
“Yes they may want to sit down with them and define their ability to bear arms and limit the scope of their authority, but to say it is an illegal organisation outright, no I don’t think that is a proper comment coming from the government.
“From what I have read so far from the papers, I have not seen anywhere where it said that Amotekun is an alternative police force. At best, what I think it is is a security outfit just like any other security outfit to complement the police work, not to take over the police work.
“I don’t know the legal framework on what the Amotekun was established, but people can register as security outfits, and even from comments made by governors, it is not an alternative to the police force, just to complement the efforts of the police.”