Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has pleaded with the federal government to permit Amotekun and other state security agencies to carry advanced weapons for the protection of the public.
Akeredolu indicated that his attitude was to allow Amotekun to employ heavy weapons like the non-state actors engaged to secure the oil pipelines in his explanation of his position on the Oil Pipeline Surveillance contract given to private individuals and groups.
The Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, OSOPADEC, in Oba-Ile, Akure North Local Government Area of the State, inaugurated a newly constructed office complex at this event.
Akeredolu lamented the precarious security situation in the country and vowed to keep going head-on to defend residents of the State.
Most of the people and even some of my colleagues didn’t really understand my position on the oil pipeline surveillance contract.
I have no issue with the Federal Government awarding surveillance contracts to anybody. It is the Federal Government’s money. They can use it anyhow they want.
Here, we are spending our money on Amotekun. And what I said in my statement titled ‘Who Actually Needs Weapons’ was that the Federal Government should allow Amotekun to carry sophisticated weapons like those whom they awarded pipeline surveillance contracts.