The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the U-turn made by legal icon, Femi Falana, justified federal government’s stance that the establishment of the operation of “Amotekun” was illegal.
A statement issued on Thursday by Mr Malami’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, reiterated that Nigeria’s constitution does not accommodate formation of regional security architecture.
Mr Falana, a human rights lawyer, who earlier asked the governors to ignore Mr Malami, had asked Southwest governors to enact laws on Amotekun.
“By asking state governments of the South Western Nigeria to “proceed to enact the necessary laws”, in justifying the legality of the establishment and operation of Amotekun, Falana is reaffirming federal government’s stance that the establishment of the operation currently is illegal.
“No amount of effort to hide the truth will work. People can be carried away by sentimental or emotional inclinations, but truth remains apparently palpable.
“The bottom line is that the current Nigerian constitution does not accommodate formation of regional security architecture. This is a fact which is undisputable and undeniable,’’ Mr Gwandu said.
He further said: “Falana is prevaricating and (engaging in) circumlocution using evasive techniques when he was asked by the media to justify the presence of lacuna within the law which can establish or protect the concept of regionalism in any operation in the country.
“He was unable to supply answer to the question and failed to cite relevant laws that back the argument.
“It is interesting that no matter the situation, truth prevails. This arrangement called Amotekun is not backed by any law neither at the state or at the federal government level.
“Amotekun, therefore, remains unconstitutional and illegal as already indicated.
“The federal government appreciates that legally minded Nigerians have started to eschew emotions by offering legal comments on the matter as against being carried away by other inclinations.
“The office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice is committed to the rule of law and a constitutional democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.
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