Amotekun: FG, South-West governors reach agreement

Muhammadu Buh1ari and Yemi Osinbajo at FEC meeting

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with South-West governors over the controversy surrounding the security outfit launched by governors in the region, Amotekun.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met on Thursday with the governors, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a statement that the meeting was at the instance of the governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the issue.

However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.

Mr Akande said the meeting was “very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.”

He added: “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.”

Speaking with journalists on the outcome of the meeting, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State described the meeting as ‘very fruitful’.

He said: ”We have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward. The most important one is that we are going to have legal framework to back this Amotekun.

”And this legal framework is going to be one which we all are going to look at and will be sure to go without any hinderance.”