REVEALED: How Sen. Ibikunle Amosun allegedly smuggled in 1,000 AK 47 rifles, 2 million bullets into Nigeria
...arms used for armed robbery, kidnapping may be supplied by politicians.
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Ibikunle Amosun Ogun ex-gov (photo: Dailypost)
New revelations have shown that the former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun allegedly smuggled deadly arms and ammunition into Nigeria.
Mr Amosun, a serving senator, was said to have admitted in June that he imported 1,000 AK-47 rifles, two million bullets, 13 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and other hardware for security efforts in his state in 2012.
While reacting to the story about how he hurriedly handed over the illegal arms to the police a day before his tenure expired on May 28, Mr Amosun said he had approvals from President Goodluck Jonathan for import waivers and end-user certificate from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
According to a report by an online newspaper, Premium Times, it had been discovered that Mr Amosun only had the approval to import 13 APCs to support the police in 2012.
There was no end-user certificate or import waiver issued to Mr Amosun to import 1,000 AK-47 rifles and two million bullets.
It is a federal crime for any individual or organisation to import AK-47 and its ammunition into Nigeria without an end-user certificate from the ONSA.
Nigerians on social media said Mr Amosun’s action was a clear affront on Nigerian extant arms regulations, with some calling for his immediate arrest and prosecution.
Nigeria has remained under siege of insecurity for several years, and most of the heavy arms being used to carry out an armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes had been rumoured to be supplied by politicians.
Politicians have long been known to arm political thugs for their ambition, but hardly has any top politician been directly linked with arms smuggling. Mr Amosun, a member of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, is considered powerful due to his deep political ties to President Muhammadu Buhari. Law enforcement agencies have been reluctant to go after him since his illegalities were revealed.
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