*say Hisbah no different
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has outrightly rejected the declaration by the Attorney – General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN) declaring Amotekun, the South West security is illegal.
The group in a swift reaction in a statement jointly signed by Yinka Odumakin(South West), Gen CRU Iherike (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw(South South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt) described the declaration as an abuse of office.
“The attention of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum(SMBLF) has been drawn to the illegal diktat by the Attorney – General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN) declaring Amotekun, the South West security (not military or Police) outfit illegal.
“We consider his action as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and in furtherance of the widely – held suspicion that sections of the country are deliberately being rendered vulnerable for herdsmen and other criminals by the Federal Government,” the pressure group said.
It further asked the Governors of the South West to ignore Malami and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself a court over elected governors, in the statement titled, ‘SMBLF Rejects Malami’s Illegal Directive.’
“We are not under military rule,” it declared.
The group insisted that what the Governors have done is what individuals and and neighborhoods can legally do to secure their lives and property.
“The right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives.
“The ultra vire action of the AGF has further exposed Nigeria as a country under command and control and governed by a conquest mentality,” it added.
They charged Malami to tell them what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal.
“He should further explain to us what makes Civilian JTF legal in the North East where there is war and in Kaduna and Kano where there is no war, while Amotekun is his only illegal take.
“This is a defining moment to decide if we are under segregation and different laws in the country,” it concluded.