Today 3 December, 2022

BREAKING; Presidency replies Akeredolu over alleged approval for Katsina to buy AK-47 riffles

BREAKING; Presidency replies Akeredolu over alleged approval for Katsina to buy AK-47 riffles

In response to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the presidency has reinstated that no state has been issued authorisation to procure automatic weapons for its security outfits.

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Remember that Akeredolu questioned why a security outfit established by Katsina State was allowed to carry AK-47s but security outfits established by states in southern Nigeria, such as Ondo, were not.

Garba Shehu the spokesperson of President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement on Tuesday, said the president “has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them.

He said, “The Presidency wishes to strongly assert that there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits,” the statement reads.

“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them.”

The statement is coming in the wake of the commitment expressed by Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, towards procuring arms for operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had said if the federal government can allow a security outfit in Katsina to carry arms, then Amotekun should be granted the same right.

The presidency however said neither Katsina nor Ondo is allowed to purchase weapons for security outfits.

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