The federal government on Tuesday described as illegal the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) code-named, Amotekun.
The attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami said in a statement signed by his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu said the security outfit runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
He stated that security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government.
The statement read in part: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called ‘Amotekun’ is ill
The statement read in part: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization 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 organization 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) authorizing the Police and other Federal Government security services established by law to maintain law and order.
“The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses associated with organization, administration and participation in “Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.
“Finally, it is important to put on record that the office of the attorney general and minister of justice was not consulted on the matter.
“If it had, proper information and guidance would have been offered to ensure that Nigeria’s defence and corporate entity are preserved at all times.”