Allow Amotekun bear heavy arms, Akeredolu tells FG

Friday Omosola, Akure

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has on Wednesday, asked the Federal Government to allow Amotekun and other state security outfits to bear sophisticated arms to protect the people.

Governor Akeredolu, who also clarified his position on the oil pipeline surveillance contract awarded to private individuals and organizations, said his position was to allow Amotekun to bear heavy arms like the non-state actors, who were engaged to protect the oil pipelines.

Akeredolu spoke at the commissioning of the newly reconstructed office complex at the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) in Oba-Ile, Akure North Local Government Area.

While decrying the precarious security situation in the country, he vowed to continue taking the bull by the horn to protect the people of the state.

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He said: “Most of the people and even some of my colleagues didn’t understand my position on the oil pipeline surveillance contract. I have no issue with the Federal Government awarding surveillance contracts to anybody. It is the Federal Government’s money. They can use it anyhow they want.

“Here, we are spending our money on Amotekun. And what I said in my statement titled, “Who Needs Weapons” was that the Federal Government should allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons like those whom they awarded pipeline surveillance contracts.

“If you can allow individuals to carry heavy arms to protect pipelines, why won’t you allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons to protect the people? The oil facilities are not more important than the lives of the people.”

The Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum disclosed that some arrests have been made in connection to the abduction of some burial guests in Ifon over the weekend, saying the victims, who have been released, are scared to come and identify their abductors.

He further appreciated all security agencies in the state including Amotekun for the great work they did in securing the victims’ release.

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