SWITZERLAND, JUNE 25 – Many Nigerians have taken to the social media to express their consternation and outrage against Ex-Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, who had kept a stockpile of weapons, including 1,000 AK47 rifles and 4 million bullets during the 2019 gubernatorial elections.
According to media sources, a few hours to the end of his reign as Ogun State helmsman, embattled Governor Ibikunle Amosun contacted the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, confessing that he had thousands of arms and millions of ammunition in store at a secret armoury in Government House, and that he had decided to hand them over to the police.
Mr Amosun’s anointed candidate for the March 9 governorship election, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), had been roundly defeated by Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress and the governor was now desperate to clear the Government House of any incriminating material as Mr Abiodun moved in to take charge.
Shortly after he was contacted, Commissioner Makama raced to Government House with some of his subordinates. On arrival, truckloads of arms and ammunition were brought out of a nondescript amoury inside the Ogun State Government House.
And then begun a short hand-over proceeding during which the governor surrendered at least four million rounds of ammunition, 1,000 units of AK47 assault rifles, 1,000 units of bulletproof vests and an armoured personnel carrier (APC).
At the event, Mr Amosun said he procured the arms and ammunition to check the widespread insecurity in his state of 3,751,140 residents, according to the 2006 census. He said he decided to keep them at the Government House Armoury to ensure they were not allocated indiscriminately by security agencies.
The speech making over, the arms and ammunition were driven to the police command headquarters in the Elewe-Eran area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Four weeks after the event, top Nigerian security operatives remained alarmed that a civilian governor would create an armoury and store thousands of arms there. The agents are also wondering why Mr Amosun has not been arrested and prosecuted for violating sections of the Nigeria Firearms Act.
The revelation elicited several comments from Nigerians on Twitter. See some of the comments below:
If Amosun had 1k AKs and 4m bullets, and no government agency knew about it, what might the governors of places like Kaduna, Borno and co have stashed away??— ‘Deji Asiru-Balogun (@WilDeji) June 24, 2019
This contraption named Nigeria sha….
No python dance? No operation crocodile? No arrests? No accusing him of treason; of forming an “Amosun” nation? No cries about him sponsoring armed robbers or kidnappers?— iSERVE 2050 | #LeadershipMatters #NwanyiBuIFE #ABC (@iSERVE2050) June 25, 2019
May the souls of all the Shiites and IPOB members massacred, Rest in Peace. Amen https://t.co/SkTHZPMUxb
Amosun surrendered 1000 AK47 rifles, 4 million bullets— Nafiu T (@nafeezi) June 25, 2019
Yahaya Bello employed armed robbers and murderers for 2019 elections job
We are still looking for the answers to the intractable insecurity in the land
The DSS is only after peddlers of “hate speech” in the opposition camp pic.twitter.com/SouqPvBZ6d
Ogun state ex-governor, Sen. Amosun surrenders 1,000 AK47 rifles & 4,000 bullets to d Police.— Honour (@azeez_ibrahim11) June 25, 2019
They want state police.
They are behind illegal importation of firearms.
They are responsible for deadly expensive arms in d hands of criminals.
Offa robbery still fresh in our mind. pic.twitter.com/brNG8oCLlN
Wow…Just reading that Amosun Stockpiled weapons in the government house.— The Kingmaker🦉 (@SmithVinci) June 25, 2019
Ogun State has less than a population of 4 million people…(about 3.7m)
A bullet for everyone, extra 300,000 bullet for those that claim to have Juju..
God bless Nigeria.