NBA faults AGF on his opposition to the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun
Written by Henry on January 17, 2020
The Nigerian Bar Association has faulted the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), about his opposition to the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun.
The National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Mr Kunle Edun said Malami should not be too legal on the protection of lives and property, saying in “ a civilized country, security is everyone’s business.”
Edun expressed worry about the deteriorating security situation in the country, which he said must have driven the six South-West governors to come up with the Amotekun security arrangement.
He stated, “For many years, the Federal Government has been assuring Nigerians of community policing. Nigerians are still expectant of it coming to reality.
“Nigerians can no longer sleep with their eyes closed. No one can travel safely on our roads again without the fear of being kidnapped or killed by bandits.
“I think that it is out of concern for the security of lives and property of the residents in the states that constitute the South-West that made the governors of the South-West states to come up with the Amotekun security initiative. Similar security outfits exist in some states in the North.
“The law allows a person or group of persons to protect themselves within the framework of the law and/or report untoward activities to the police. What is needed now is collaboration and partnership between the South-West governors and the Federal Government to agree on the best security formula. It should be a win-win situation.
Prominent Nigerians, including the popular Nigerian playwright Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka; human rights lawyers, Femi Falana, SAN, and Ebu-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has also faulted the AGF’s statement.