AFE BABALOLA, BODE GEORGE BACK ESTABLISHMENT OF AMOTEKUN
Uploaded by Michael George on January 17, 2020
More reactions have trailed the federal governments declaration of the Southwest security outfit, Amotekun as illegal.
Renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afe Babalola has argued that the security outfit is absolutely constitutional and legal because it is an issue of Public Safety and Protection of property.
In a statement, Chief Babalola noted neither the constitution in Sections 214-216 nor the Police Act in Section 10 gives the Police an exclusive duty to secure lives and properties.
Hence the two laws gives legitimacy to the establishment of the Amotekun which has been established to give an official teeth to the provision of the Criminal Code which allows private citizens to arrest and detain offenders and bandits and to hand them over to the police.
He added that the regional community security outfit cannot be set aside by oral pronouncement by the Attorney General or any other body, except only the Court of Law can declare the establishment illegal.
In the same vein, Elderstatesman and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, believes the security initiative of the six Southwest states that gave birth to Amotekun was largely a necessary and proactive response to the widening insecurity, that have ravaged virtually all parts of Yorubaland.
In a statement, he noted that the initiative was a product of over six months deliberations by various stakeholders on how best to protect their people who are murdered in their farmlands, savaged on the roads, kidnapped on the fields, cudgeled and ravaged in their privacy.
The retired Navy Commodore stressed that Amotekun is not a challenge or a threat to anybody but the wandering marauders, the murderous goon-squad and all kinds of assorted outlaws whose actions make the entire nation vulnerable.