- Gboyega Oyetola, the governor of Osun state, has rejected the call for citizens to take up arms and defend themselves against growing attacks across the country
- Oyetola posited that the call would result in anarchy and maintained that the law should empower the operatives of Amotekun to bear arms
- Recall that governor Matawalle of Zamfara state called on the police to issue gun licenses to eligible and interested citizens. Akeredolu of Ondo state commended him
Oyetola made the rejection on Sunday, July 10, while appearing at the Osun governorship debate 2022 organised by Channels Television in the state capital, Osogbo.
Oyetola makes case for Amotekun
While noting that the call would result in anarchy, the governor said the law should be amended to allow Amotekun operatives to bear arms.
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“I am of the opinion that it is not out of place for the Amotekun people to be able to carry arms.”
The governor said he would not encourage the people to take up arms to defend themselves because it would bring anarchy to the country.
He added that even though men of the Amotekun operatives are not allowed to carry guns at the moment, they have helped secure Osun and neighbouring states.
Governors who have supported citizens to have guns for self-defence
Oyetola’s position is coming amidst a call to have citizens legally obtain guns to defend themselves as violent attacks and crimes continue across the country.
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state recently made a public call where he asked the police authority to issue gun licenses to qualified and interested citizens to defend themselves.
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The Zamfara state commissioner of police, Ayuba Elkana, has said that the embargo on firearms is still in force
Elkana said he is not aware of the state governor, Bello Matawalle's directive asking him to issue gun licenses to eligible and interested citizens for self-defence.
The state commissioner for information, in a statement on Sunday, June 26, said the government had directed residents to prepare and obtain guns against bandits.