The Committee for the Protection of People’s Mandate (CPPM) has urged the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to investigate the arms stockpile allegations against former Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
It said Amosun and Commissioner of Police in Ogun State Mr. Bashir Makama should be invited, questioned and prosecuted, if found culpable.
A report by Premium Times had on June 24 claimed that Amosun surrendered 1,000 AK47 rifles, four million bullets 1,000 bulletproof vests and one armoured personnel carrier (APC) stockpiled at the Oke Mosan Government House for an extended period of time.
The civil society organisation (CSO) wondered why the ONSA was yet to comment on allegations.
The ONSA’s silence “on this national security matter is worrisome and unacceptable,” CPPM said in a statement to The Nation yesterday.
The statement signed by its National Coordinator, Nelson Ekujumi, raised eight questions, which the group said was bedeviling the arms saga.
“Where were these arms and ammunitions procured from? When were these arms and ammunition procured? What were the quantity procured and their specifications?
“When was part of the Government House, Oke Mosan, converted to an armoury? The Ogun State Ministry of Works, Housing and Physical Planning must be called to tender evidence.
“According to security regulations, is the armoury a legally approved and recognised armoury by the Federal Government?
“After taking possession of the arms and ammunitions from the governor, did the Commissioner of Police notify the Inspector General of Police (IGP) immediately and accordingly?” the CPPM queried.
But Amosun, in a rejoinder released by his media aide, Rotimi Durojaiye, on June 27, described the allegations of arms stockpile as laughable.
Makama also faulted the allegation during a telephone interview with The Nation.
According to Durojaiye, no AK47 rifle was handed over to the police on May 28, the day the former governor was disarmed as part of handing over formalities.
Explaining how the state government acquired the weapons and had an armoury, he said all necessary approvals were gotten, a due process followed, adding that a security parley was first convened, which birthed the Ogun State Security Trust Fund (STF) under the leadership of a former Nigerian National Security Adviser.
The statement added: “The Amosun administration sought help from then-President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government. First, we sought and got approval to set up “OP MESA” for Ogun State. We followed this up with the specialised QRS Unit. We committed substantial funds into the procurement of hard and software and a myriad of security assets to decisively combat our security challenges.
“We got all necessary approvals from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to procure the 13 units of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), the 1000 units of AK47 rifles, two million rounds of ammunition,1000 units of bulletproof vests and 500 bulletproof helmets and other security communication gadgets.
“Ogun State not only got approval to import these essential assets, the federal administration under President Jonathan gave all requisite approvals to assist the state. The Federal Government, through the Office of NSA, issued the state the End User Certificate Serial Number 000001123 dated March 5, 2012.”
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