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‘We Are Going Ahead With Amotekun’ – Akeredolu Dares FG

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Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo state governor, has stated that there is no place in the constitution that prohibits the establishment of a regional security outfit.

Recall that the outfit had been described as ‘illegal‘ by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), who stated that security is an exclusive preserve of the federal government.

Governor Akeredolu vowed that the region will go ahead with the initiative but maintained that the south-west governors will not adopt confrontation while resolving issues with the federal government.

He noted that the onus is on governors to protect their people.

He further challenged the AGF to go to court if he has a problem with the outfit.

If the Attorney General made a statement, we will not go and say we want to be confrontational but after our meeting, we will take decisions as to what we will do. We don’t want any confrontation as such but we know that it is not in the place of the AGF to interpret laws. It is for the court,” he said.

“We are elected as governors to protect our people and that’s why we are the chief security officers in the state”.

Akeredolu said it is their duty to determine what to do to ensure that their people is safe, adding that that is why the decision was taken

He said, “Amotekun is going to go ahead, but like I said, we will meet and get back to you.”

Meanwhile, Femi Falana, human rights lawyer has advised the governors to ignore Malami, stating that the federal government is hypocritical and discriminatory.



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