Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has faulted the federal government ovee its refusal to approve the use of sophisticated weapons to security outfits in the country in the increasing security challenges confronting the country.
Akeredolu in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Richard Olatunde, noted that the assertion of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on the use of automatic weapons by state security outfits betrays the current realities across the country.
The governor also pick hole in the claim of Shehu on the use of AK47 by the Katsina state security outfit during training, wondering why the Shehu elected to be spokesperson for the Kastina state government.
He said it is rather suspicious that Garba Shehu elected himself as the spokesperson for the Kastina State government.
He wondered why the Katsina State has not come out openly to deny the statement of Governor Akeredolu on the use of AK47 by Vigilantes of Katsina State during training.
“The reasons adduced by Garba Shehu in his Press statement for the continued refusal to approve of the use of sophisticated weapons by state security outfits can no longer be plausible in the face of increasing security challenges being faced by the people.
“The assertion of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on the use of automatic weapons by State Security outfits betrays the current realities across the country.
“The report by the TVC News that went viral showed the Kastina State Vigilantee training with AK47. This is the same weapon which approval has vehemently been refused for the use of Amotekun Corps and other state security outfits”
Akeredolu who queried the Presidency Spokesperson on the source of the guns displayed by the Katsina state security outfit asked that: “Where did the guns come from? Who approved their use? Were the guns returned to the armoury after use, The AK47, as seen from the TVC news report, was about usage. If not, what purpose does training with the guns serve?