The Federal Government and South-West governors have reached an agreement on Operation Amotekun.
The chairman of the Southwest governor’s forum, governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state confirmed this to journalists after a meeting of the Yoruba speaking state Governors and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.
“We have agreed to put in place a law that will backup the functions of Amotekun and regulate it’s Activities”
A media aide to the Vice-President, Laolu Akande, also made this known via his verified Twitter handle.
“News Flash: FG, Southwest Governors agree on Amotekun,” he tweeted.
The agenda is the security outfit, Operation Amotekun, recently launched by the states in the zone.
The security meeting with the Vice President which had ‘Amotekun’ as its singular agenda also had minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu in attendance.
Earlier, Amotekun had generated controversies. The Federal Government had opposed it as it declared it “illegal” in a statement released through Malami’s office.
The government had said it had a policy on community policing, which had been approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as against the regional Amotekun format.
However, the governors had insisted they would not dump Amotekun and sought rather to meet with the Presidency in the hope that the differences would be ironed out.