The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who can be the Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum, has mentioned that the nation’s Constitution doesn’t prohibit the governors from working with the ‘Operation Amotekun’.
According to him, the first function of the federal government is to guard its individuals and consequently, it’s the duty of governors to determine on find out how to go about it.
Akeredolu mentioned this on Wednesday, throughout an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
“The Constitution does not prohibit us from doing what we are doing” he mentioned.
His feedback come a day after the Federal Government declared the train as unlawful.
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When requested if consequently, it will likely be stood down, the governor mentioned they’re but to succeed in a conclusion on what subsequent to do.
He, nevertheless, famous that though it’s not within the place of the Attorney General of the Federation to interpret legal guidelines, the southwest governors have chosen to not be confrontational over the matter.
“If the Attorney General made a statement, we will not go and say we want to be confrontational but after our meeting, we will take decisions as to what we will do.
“We don’t want any confrontation as such but we know that it is not in the place of the AGF to interpret laws. It is for the court.
“We are elected as governors to protect our people and that’s why we are the chief security officers in the state. So, it is for us to determine what we want to do for our people and we have taken that decision.
“Amotekun is going to go head, but like I said, we will meet and get back to you”.
The safety physique was lately launched by the governors of the Southwest states to sort out kidnapping and different legal actions within the zone.
But the Federal Government maintained that “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”.
Consequently, it says no different authority on the state stage, whether or not the manager or legislature has the authorized authority over defence.