Katsina Security bearing AK47: Akeredolu threatens to arm Amotekun  


Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu says his government would arm the local security network Amotekun Corps with sophisticated weapons to protect the people. 

Akeredolu made this threat against the backdrop of a video of men of Katsina Security Network with ammunition spreading through the internet in a statement he released, in which he accused the federal of favouring Katsina where President Muhammadu Buhari hails from, and not being fair to states in the south in respect of disallowing the latter to arm its security groups. 

The governor’s statement in full,  “The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms is fraught with great dangers. 

“Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism which we have been clamoring for. 

“That Katsina was able to arm its state security force with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems ” solution to the national question. 

” If the Katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.” 

The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics. 

“We must go back to that agreement. Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also a deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat. 

 “We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government under the doctrine of necessity have decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to the citizens of the State, by acquiring arms to protect them. This is more so, given that the bandits have an unchecked access to sophisticated weapons. 

 “The State government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorized and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.” 


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