Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently locked in a meeting with governors of Nigeria's Southwest region over Amotekun, the region's newly launched security outfit, a highly placed source in the presidency has told Pulse.

The meeting is holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting arrives barely 24hrs after Southwest political godfather, Bola Tinubu, spoke up on Amotekun after weeks of worrisome silence; and suggested how the federal government and the six Southwestern states can resolve differences that have emerged over the militia.

Nigeria's Police Chief, Mohammed Adamu, is also attending this meeting.

Osinbajo and Southwest governors in a meeting over Amotekun (@Toluogunlesi)
Osinbajo and Southwest governors in a meeting over Amotekun (@Toluogunlesi)

The federal government through the nation's Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had dubbed Amotekun an illegal outfit just days after it was launched with fanfare in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

An agreement has been reached

In a statement, the vice president's spokesperson, Laolu Akande said Osinbajo "met today with Southwest governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police .

"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.

Osinbajo and Southwest governors in a meeting over Amotekun (@Toluogunlesi)
Osinbajo and Southwest governors in a meeting over Amotekun (@Toluogunlesi)

"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."