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Nigerians call for prosecution of Amosun over illegal possession of 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 social media have described possession of such quantity of ammunition as illegal and asked that Amosun should be investigated, and if found guilty, he should be made to face the law.
PREMIUM TIMES, in a report, stated that 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 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 Mr Amosun nor his state is an approved security agency or qualified security equipment vendor,” PREMIUM TIMES reported.
The paper also stated, that 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 report stated.
“The manner with which Amosun turned in the arms has alarmed security officials, who saw the affair as damaging to national security,” PREMIUM TIMES noted.
It would be recalled that the Ogun state governorship election held on May 9, produced as winner Dapo Abiodun, a candidate of the All Progressive Congress(APC) party, contrary to Amosun’s choice of candidate, Adekunle Akinlade of a rival party.
Amosun would later win his own election as a senator representing Ogun Central under APC.