September 25, 2022


In response to the Federal Government’s continued refusal to allow the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, to carry sophisticated firearms, The Governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has questioned the Federal Government’s decision.

Eyebrows were raised when the same Federal Government gave the approval of the Katsina State Security Outfit, which is equivalent to Amotekun Corps, to carry sophisticated firearms.

The Governor in a statement released on Thursday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Richard Olatunde accused the Federal Government of being biased by denying Amotekun the right to bear arms in defending the South-West from life-threatening marauders.

The statement read in part states“ the video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina obtaining Federal Government approval 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 an AK-47 means we are pursuing a one-country, two-system 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 which must be challenged.

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

Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the South-West to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also the deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector.” He said.

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