The federal government and governors of the South West states have reached an agreement on the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with state governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation(AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who has declared the initiative illegal.
The governors at the meeting, which took place in the Vice President’s office include the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state and his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as deputy governors of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu was also in attendance.
After the meeting, Governor Akeredolu said the meeting agreed on the way forward, saying that a legal framework would be established to back up the initiative.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement said 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,” Akande said.