SECURITY: ONDO GOVT TO ARM ITS PEOPLE GOVERNOR AKEREDOLU SAYS.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on September 22, 2022
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the state may be forced to purchase sophisticated weapons to protect its people.
Akeredolu was reacting to a video making the rounds from Katsina, showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms.
The Governor in a statement he personally signed on Thursday condemned the federal government for playing double standards with the nation’s security.
Akeredolu wondered why Amotekun, a Southwest regional security outfit, could not bear sophisticated weapons despite continuous calls, but a counterpart in Katsina State, established to tame bandits and terrorists, is bearing AK47s.
He said denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime and deliberate destruction of the region’s agricultural sector.
The statement reads:
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 confers 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 that must be challenged.
Story By Olusola Adesuyan