Apologise To Nigerians For Declaring Amotekun Illegal Now! - Femi Falana Asks AGF Malami

Date: 24-01-2020 6:25 am (1 year ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 24-01-2020 06:25 AM (1 year ago)
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Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) to apologise to Nigerians for misleading them on the legal status of the South-west security outfit, Amotekun.

Recall that Malami declared Amotekun as illegal and unconstitutional on the grounds that security is an item in the exclusive legislative list.

The AGF also said it is illegal for states governments, either singly or jointly to set up any security outfit under the current democratic dispensation.

However, in a statement issued on Thursday night, January 23, 2020, Falana described as unwarranted the attack on Amotekun by the AGF, saying it was without any justification.

The SAN said the belated volte-face of the Malami on the south west security outfit is a welcome development.

Falana, who himself had called on South-west governors to enact a laws to back the security outfit, said his position on the Amotekun debate is not based on sentiments but on the relevant provisions of the Constitution and decided cases of our courts.

He said he was not surprised that the federal government was initially opposed to Amotekun.

Falana added that like Amotekun, the Sharia State Police called ‘Hisbah’ was ferociously attacked by the federal government.

“Even though Hisbah was established by the Kano State Hisbah Law No 4 of 2003 the federal government said it was illegal. In fact, in a letter addressed to the Kano State government, President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed concern over the constitutionality of Hisbah.”

Falana noted that the President later sent a fact-finding delegation to Kano on the matter. He added that based on the antagonistic posture of the federal government, the Nigeria Police Force took steps to outlaw the Hisbah.

“Apart from declaring the Hisbah illegal and unconstitutional, the police arrested the commander-general of Hisbah and his deputy in Kano and took them to Abuja where they were detained.

“When the harassment of the Hisbah by the police continued unabated the Kano State government approached the Supreme Court to test the constitutional validity of the Hisbah Law.

“Curiously, the Supreme Court struck out the suit for want of jurisdiction on the grounds that there was no dispute between the federal government and the Kano State Government on the existence and operation of Hisbah.”

According to the human rights lawyer, “even though the suit was struck out on technical grounds, the police stopped further harassment of the Hisbah. Since then other state governments have set up similar security outfits to enforce Sharia Law or protect the general public from kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes.”

Falana said he called on the South-west state governments to enact the necessary laws to back the establishment of Amotekun in order to institutionalise it with belief that it has come to stay.

“It is indisputable that the six states in the South-west zone have no joint parliament. Hence, I have called on each state House of Assembly to enact a law for the establishment of Amotekun.

“However, since the six states have been grouped together and recognised as the “South-west zone” by the Federal Character Commission Act (Cap F7) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, they are not precluded from collaborating in securing the life and property of every person living or visiting the region. After all, the federal government has never challenged the legality of the Odua Investment Company Limited, the economic union of the six states in the South-west zone.”

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh has stated that despite the achievement of Yoruba’s educationally, they are the most primitive Nigerians in terms of political culture.

Saleh said this during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Monday, while discussing about ‘Operation Amotekun’.

Posted: at 24-01-2020 06:25 AM (1 year ago) | Hero
- Patode at 24-01-2020 07:01 AM (1 year ago)
Falana said he called on the South-west state governments to enact the necessary laws to back the establishment of Amotekun, in order to institutionalize it. This means that it is illegal if there is no law backing it. Since we do not have a regional government, each state's house of assembly has to enact the law, for the establishment of Amotekun. So, let each state enact the law and have inter state co operation.
Posted: at 24-01-2020 07:01 AM (1 year ago) | Upcoming
- jahlovesme at 24-01-2020 07:27 AM (1 year ago)
give this people a chance
Posted: at 24-01-2020 07:27 AM (1 year ago) | Gistmaniac
- priston at 24-01-2020 09:15 AM (1 year ago)
You are a big fool Mallam were ,you that cow can sleep on your bed ,the yorubas should carry on  and phyuk your stupid fulani madness ,you acquired the muslim religion from Arabs and now you thought you know everything ,you guys are religious slaves and nonetities,go bang yourself mad black man
Posted: at 24-01-2020 09:15 AM (1 year ago) | Newbie