Automatic Weapons: Akeredolu replies Presidency, says Amotekun can’t fight armed criminals ‘with bare hands’

Written by on September 29, 2022

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has frowned at the statement by the Presidency in its response to his vow to arm the Amotekun Corps in the state.

Mr Akeredolu, a lawyer, has been a consistent advocate for an approval for state security outfits to bear arms.

He recently accused the Federal Government of double standards having ‘approved’ the bearing of automatic weapons for Katsina State while denying Amotekun and others the same privilege.

He vowed to arm Amotekun with AK-47s to ensure adequate security for the state in the light of the new dimensions of security challenges in the country.

But the presidency, in a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Garba Shehu, maintained that state security outfits had no power to bear automatic weapons.

Premium Times reports that Mr Akeredolu, through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Wednesday, said the submission by Mr Shehu restraining state security outfits bearing bearing automatic weapons, was no longer tenable in the face of increasing security challenges being faced by the people.


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