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Insecurity: “I Will Buy AK-47 For Amotekun, If FG Approves Licence” – Makinde

Following the attack on the people of  Igangan in Oyo State by killer herdsmen earlier this week, there has been calls that the State Security Outfit (Amotekun), should be allowed to carry arms.

In response to this, Seyi Makinde, who is the  Governor of Oyo State, has said he will not hesitate to arm Amotekun corps in the state with sophisticated weapons if the Federal Government gives approval to the security outfit to bear such arms.

He reportedly disclosed this in a speech he delivered in Ibadan on Tuesday at the opening of  National Democracy Summit with the theme, “The future of democracy in Nigeria.”

He stated that, “One of the reasons why the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun is recording success is because members of the corps are drawn from the locality. They know the terrain and so can gather needed intelligence. Also, they can be held accountable by the local people.”

Makinde disclosed that, “When the state governors become the actual Chief Security Officers in charge of the security personnel in their state, they can quickly respond to security challenges.”

He added that, “Yes, we will continue to do our best. We were able to get Amotekun off the ground and it is in operation now…but there are several limitations to what Amotekun can do right now and the types of firearms they can carry. If we are given the authority and licence, I will also buy AK47 rifles for Amotekun.”

He also made it known that, “So, these are just two areas where true federalism will bring greater economic benefits and development to Nigerian states.”

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