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Federal Government, South-West Governors finally reach agreement on Amotekun

VP Yemi Osinbajo met with Southwest Governors on Amotekun

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the governors in the South-West region have finally agreed on Amotekun, the security outfit established by the SW leaders to combat killings, kidnappings and banditry in the region.

Naija Buzz News had reported that the FG through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation declared Amotekun as illegal.

Yesterday, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress who is also one of the foremost leaders in the SW issued a statement criticising the AGF, Abubakar Malami, and the SW governors on how Amotekun issue is being handled.

The governors had in their response to the AGF berated him, saying that the security outfit has been established and it must stand.

After days of controversies, the FG and the governors in the SW finally reached a conclusion to structure Amotekun to align with the community policing strategy of the Federal Government.

Mr. Laolu Akande, the media aide to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in a statement titled “News Flash: FG, Southwest Governors agree on Amotekun” revealed that it was agreed that the SW states should give legal backing to the initiative.

“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.

“The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

“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.

“It was 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.”

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