Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has stated that he was misquoted on his interpretation of the Amotekun security outfit established by the six South West Governors.
The Minister of Justice while responding to chat on Radio Nigeria Abuja on Thursday morning, said he did no categorically stated that the South-West regional security outfit codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ illegal.
Malami said: “I was misinterpreted on Operation Amotekun. I did not say it’s illegal.
“I said the Operation Amotekun should be properly backed by law, so if at the end of this government, if the operation has been backed by law, any government that eventually succeeded this government would not rubbish the operation.
“I said if they failed to enact a law in support of Amotekun in the South-West Region of Nigeria, another government can come and say it’s illegal and this is because it is not backed up by any law.
“So, it is just a piece of advice to the state governors to use their power and the State Houses of Assembly in their various states to enact a law that will make the operation more effective.”
However his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu, maintained that the constitution did not recognise regional security outfit.
Gwandu had quoted Malami as insisting that regional security architectural arrangement by states was not tolerated by the constitution.