The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has called on the South West governors to ignore the directive of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who declared Operation Amotekun illegal.
On Tuesday, Malami declared the South-West security outfit as illegal but the group said the minister lack the power to go against the decision of elected governors.
The leaders in a statement therefore described the statement of the minister as an abuse of power.
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In the statement signed by Yinka Odumakin, South West; Gen CRU Iherike, South East; Senator Bassey Henshaw
South South and Dr Isuwa Dogo, Middle Belt, the group ask Malami to explain what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal
SMBLF leaders stated: “The attention of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum(SMBLF) has been drawn to the illegal diktat by the Attorney – General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN) declaring Amotekun, the South West security (not military or Police) outfit illegal.
“We consider his action as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and in furtherance of the widely – held suspicion that sections of the country are deliberately being rendered vulnerable for herdsmen and other criminals by the Federal Government.
“We ask the Governors of the South West to ignore Malamu and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself a court over elected governors.We are not under military rule.
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“We insist that what the Governors have done is what individuals and and neighborhoods can legally do to secure their lives and property.
“The right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives.
“The ultra vire action of the AGF has further exposed Nigeria as a country under command and control and governed by a conquest mentality.
“We ask Malami to tell us what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal.
“He should further explain to us what makes Civilian JTF legal in the North East where there is war and in Zamfara and Katina and Kano where there is no war, while Amotekun is his only illegal take.
“This is a defining moment to decide if we are under segregation and different laws in the country.”