- Ex governor Ibikunle Amosun says his administration legitimately purchased the arms and ammunition which have been a subject of controversy in recent times
- The former governor said his administration had received approval from the Office of the National Security Adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan
- Amosun added that Governor Dapo Abiodun, his successor and present governor of Ogun state, was the main supplier of some of the security assets
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the immediate past governor of Ogun state, has stated that his government legitimately purchased the 13 units of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), 1000 units of AK 47 rifles, two million rounds of ammunition,1000 units of bullet proof vests and 500 bullet proof helmets and other security communication gadgets.
Amosun made the disclosure in a statement released by his spokesperson, Rotimi Durojaiye, on Thursday, June 27, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the former governor said his administration had received approval from the Office of the National Security Adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan.
He recalled that in 2012, his administration had committed “substantial funds” for the procurement of hard and software to combat the myriad of security challenges being faced by the state.
Amosun pointed out that in April 2012, the security gadgets were publicly handed over to the then IGP, Mohammed Abubakar.
He said it was the remainder of gadgets that had been handed over to the commissioner of police on May 28, but clarified that “Not a single AK 47 rifle was handed over at the event.”
Amosun added that Governor Dapo Abiodun, his successor and present governor of Ogun state, was the main supplier of some of the security assets, including the Armoured Personnel Carriers which he reportedly handed over to the police at the expiration of his tenure.
However, Abiodun, reacting through his chief press secretary, Abiodun Kunle Somorin, wondered why his name would be mentioned by his predecessor in what he referred to as an “arms scandal”.
He said: “I read of Armoured Personnel Carriers – vehicles, not arms or ammunition. Did he default in supplying according to the terms of the contract?
“What’s the motivation for bringing the governor’s name into the arms scandal? I consider it distracting or part of the grand plot to smear Dapo Abiodun.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the allegation that the former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, illegally imported massive weapons and ammunition into the country, was dismissed by the presidency.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said preliminary investigation by IGP Mohammed Adamu showed that there was no sinister motive in Amosun’s action.
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