‘Ondo Will Buy AK47s For Amotekun,’ Akeredolu Dares FG

By Juliet Amaka
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Ondo Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has fualted the Federal Government’s objection to the proposed use of arms by the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) while allowing its equivalent in Katsina state to bear weapons

In a statement personally signed on Thursday and made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu said for the government to allow the Katsina State security outfit to bear arms and deny Amotekun of same right means “we are pursuing one country, two systems.”

The statement reads in part:

“The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms is fraught with great dangers. Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism which we have been clamoring for.

“That Katsina was able to arm its state security force, with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems ” solution to the national question. If the Katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.

“The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics. We must go back to that agreement.

“Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also a deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.”

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