Ondo State Governor Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu called on the federal government to allow the Amotekun Corps to carry sophisticated weapons to protect the population.
Discussing his recent position on the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to individuals and organizations, Akeredolu stated that his position is to allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons as non-state actors committed to protecting the pipelines.
That’s what the governor said this Wednesday at the
opening of the newly reconstructed office complex at the Ondo State facility. Oba-Ile Petroleum Production Area Development Commission in North Akure Local Government Area of the State.
Akeredolu denounced the precarious security situation in the country and promised that he would continue to take the bull by the horns to protect the people of the state.
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He said, “Most people and even some of my colleagues didn’t really understand my position on the
pipeline guard vs. ct.
I have no problem with the federal government awarding surveillance to anyone. It’s federal money. You can use it however you want. “This is where we spend our money on Amotekun.
And what I was saying in my statement, entitled Who Really Needs Guns, was that the federal government should allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons like the ones it has contracted out under a pipeline surveillance contract>
“If you can allow people to carry heavy weapons to protect pipelines, why not allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons to protect people?” Oil installations are not more important than people’s lives,” he said.
Governor Akeredolu, who revealed some arrests had been made in connection with the kidnapping of some funeral guests in Ifon on Saturday, said the released victims were afraid to come and identify their kidnappers.
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He commended all of the state’s
security agencies, including Amotekun, for the great job they did to ensure the victims’ release.