The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has condemned the decision of the Federal Government to declare Operation Amotekun illegal.
Amotekun, a security outfit was recently set up by South-West governments to address insecurity in the region.
The group in a statement asked the governors to ignore the position of the Federal Government, delivered by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, adding that they should allow the FG to go to court to challenge their decision.
Mr. Malami had announced on Tuesday that the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” was illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.
A position the forum believes is an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves.
The group explained that contrary to views, the South-West governors are working to ensure that the lives and property of the region are safe and secure; thereby challenging the AGF to explain why Operation Amotekun is illegal.