The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has described newly launched South-West security outfit, Amotekun, as illegal.
Malami, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said security remains the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government.
“The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called Amotekun is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 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 statement read in part.
According to Governor Fayemi of Ekiti state, “Amotekun is a complement that will give our people confidence that they are being looked after by those they elected into office.”