After weeks of accusation and counter accusation, the federal government and the southwest governors on Thursday, January 23, finally reached an agreement on Operation Amotekun.
Vanguard reports that the parties agreed that legal framework should be put in place on the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun.
Wothappe gathered that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with the southwest governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, as well as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after the expanded National Economic Council (NEC), meeting.
The agreement was revealed by Laolu Akande, a senior special assistant on media and publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on his twitter handle on Thursday, January 23.
Akande wrote: “News Flash: FG, southwest governors agree on Amotekun.”
It would be recalled that the AGF had declared the regional security initiative of the southwest governors aimed at curbing security challenges in the zone as illegal.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced that his administration was coming up with community policing policy to fight the insecurity in the polity.
Southwest governors, IGP, AGF in a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja over Operation Amotekun
Akande later issued a statement on the meeting, saying the meeting was at the instance of the governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun initiative.
“However due to the president’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting. 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 in the statement.