Ex-APC Governor Faces Immediate Arrest, Over Illegal Possession Of 1,000 AK47, Other Guns, Live Ammunition

By Post-Nigeria: June 25, 2019 21:18

Ex-APC Governor Faces Immediate Arrest, Over Illegal Possession Of 1,000 AK47, Other Guns, Live Ammunition

Following a report about the former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun’s declaration of possessing arms and ammunition worth millions of naira, Nigerians have clamoured for his immediate arrest and prosecution.
Citizens on the social media, have described possession of such quantity of ammunition as illegal, and asked that Amosun be investigated, and if found guilty, he should be made to face the law.
Amosun had earlier before the twilight of his administration, confessed to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, of his possession of arms and ammunition of “outrageous” quantity, stored at a secret armory in the Government House, Ogun State.
According to the report, Amosun stockpiled 4 million bullets, 1,000 AK47 rifles, 1,000 bulletproof vests, and one armoured personnel carrier, at Oke Mosan Government House, for an extended period of time.
Authorities at Nigeria’s key Security Agencies, said that Amosun may have procured the arms and ammunition without securing End-User certificates from the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.

End-User certificates are required to import controlled products into Nigeria.
A guideline by the NSA Office, stipulates that End-User certificate requests for arms and ammunition must be made by approved Security Agencies, on behalf of themselves or their qualified vendors. Neither Amosun nor his State is an approved Security Agency or qualified security equipment vendor.
Amosun in his conversation with Makama, had decided to hand over the ammunition to the Police, in a bid to erase tracks of his activities, before the resumption of the next administration.
Makama, however, received the weapons from Amosun, on behalf of the Police, but never informed the Force Headquarters.

“The manner with which Amosun turned in the arms, has alarmed Security Officials, who saw the affair as damaging to national security”, a source said. 

It would be recalled, that the Ogun State Governorship election which held on May 9, produced as the winner, Dapo Abiodun, a Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as against Amosun’s choice of Candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, of a rival party.