Amotekun to have legal backing as FG, Southwest states reach amicable settlement

The Nigerian government has agreed to accommodate the southwest security network known as Amotekun into its community policing programme after protests and rancorous national debate on the matter.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police,” a statement by Laolu Akande, spokesman of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday.

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, Akande said.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state told journalists after the meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja that the meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

Akeredolu also said that political solutions had been found to the issue and that Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami was misquoted on his earlier speech condemning the formation of Amotekun.

“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,” the presidency statement said.

The meeting 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,” according to Akande.

The outcome of the meeting was well-received with many Nigerians especially on social media heaving a sigh of relief on a matter that many said had the potential of igniting civil disturbances as it was fuelled by fiery rhetoric that could threaten the unity of the country.

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