The immediate past governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has debunked a report by an online medium, Premium Times, that he had illegal storage of arms and ammunition in his private residence and hurriedly handed them over to police in the state on the day his tenure was to expire.
Premium Times had reported that “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.
“But, on May 28, a day before he was billed to complete his eight years as governor, Mr Amosun suddenly called the state police commissioner, Bashir Makama, to confess that he had a cache of arms he was willing to surrender to the police.”
However, the former governor through a statement issued by hisedia aide, Rotimi Durojare on Tuesday, said the report was a misrepresentation of what actually transpired.
Durojare said the submission of the arms was “a routine, bona-fide and patriotic disposition” by Amosun but was savagely twisted in “a premeditated effort by Premium Times and its sponsors to stand logic on its head.”
He explained that prior to Amosun’s tenure as Ogun State Governor, there were cases of political assassinations, cultism, kidnapping for ransom among others, adding that he (Amosun) set up a Security Trust Fund to help profer solution to insecurity in the state for investors to return.
The spokesperson disclosed that with the approval of the National Security Adviser, the government got approval to purchase security assets to combat insecurity in the state.
“First, we sought and got approval to set up “OP MESA” for Ogun State. We followed this up with the specialized QRS unit. We committed substantial funds into procurement of hard and soft ware, and, myriad security assets to decisively combat our security challenges. We got all necessary approvals from the Office of the National Security Adviser to procure the 13 units of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), the 1000 units of AK 47 rifles, 2 Million rounds of ammunition,1000 units of Bullet proof vests and 500 bullet proof helmets and other security communication gadgets. Ogun State not only got approval to import these essential assets, the Federal administration under President Goodluck Jonathan, gave all requisite approvals to assist the State. The Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) issued the State the End User Certificate Serial Number 000001123 dated 5th of March, 2012,” he said.
He further explained that the materials were publicly handed over to the Inspector General of Police and the remaining marchandise were “securely kept in the approved designated armoury within the Government House precincts under police surveillance as it obtains in most Government Lodges, to guarantee exclusive use of the materials in Ogun state. These are not matters for the public.”
He added that “On 28 May, 2019, the last of the APCs, and all other security assets under the custody of Ogun State Government were passed over to the Police in full glare of the media and general public. We believed that was the surest way to prevent these assets getting into the wrong hands.”
Durojare described as laughable the suggestions that the security assets were hurriedly handed over to the police to beat the knowledge of the new administration in the state, revealing that “the current Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR was the main supplier of some of the assets in question, notably, the Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs).”
“We assure our well wishers, Stakeholders and residents of Ogun State that we did what was best in their interest as the Chief Security Officer of the State. All contrary insinuations, twisting of facts and deliberate misinformation should be discarded. We encourage Premium Times and all genuine inquirers to approach the Police, Regulatory and Enforcement agencies for any other details they may want,” he stated.