The All Progressives Congress in Ogun State on Tuesday called on federal authorities to promptly arrest the state’s immediate-past governor, Ibikunle Amosun, warning that failure to do so would constitute a mockery of the country’s rule of law.
Mr Amosun is a member of the APC, although he supported another party’s candidate for the Ogun governorship election in March.
“The handover of such huge arms and ammunition is a confirmation of our pre-election outcry that the state was unsafe and that the governor was stockpiling arms and ammunitions for the purpose of wrecking havoc,” spokesperson Tunde Oladunjoye said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday afternoon. “If Amosun is not brought to account, then people will continue to mock the rule of law.”
The demand came a day after PREMIUM TIMES broke the news that Mr Amosun, who was elected senator in February, had hurriedly surrendered an a large stockpile of arms and ammunition whose source had been a seriously questioned by national security officials.
The weapons included four million bullets, 1,000 units of AK47 rifles, 1,000 bulletproof vests and an armoured personnel carrier (APC).
The police commissioner, Bashir Makama, took delivery of the weapons without questioning Mr Amosun or reporting the matter to his superiors at the Force Headquarters, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
Mr Amosun’s conduct, which sometimes turned violent ahead of the general elections, pitted him against the APC leadership.