AMOTEKUN: Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Reject Malami's Directive • Says It’s Abuse Of Office, Govs Should Ignore Him

Posted by GRANDNEWS | 14 January 2020 | 1,010 times

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) on Tuesday evening rejected the branding of the South West regional security outfit, Amotekun, as an illegal paramilitary organization by the Federal Government.  

In a statement jointly signed by four representatives of the people and made available to GRANDNEWS, the group described the move as an abuse of office aimed at suppressing the rights of federating units.

 Titled: “SMBLF Rejects Malami's Illegal Directive”, the statement in full reads:

“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 Malami and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself into a court over elected governors. We are not under military rule.

“We insist that what the Governors have done is what individuals 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 vires 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 Kaduna 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.

Yinka Odumakin,  South West;  Gen CRU Iherike, South East; Senator Bassey Henshaw, South South; Dr Isuwa Dogo, Middle Belt.”.


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