Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor warns Benue and Ondo state governors against procuring AK-47 for security outfits


The federal government has responded to Benue state government’s ultimatum to arm its local security outfit with AK-47 rifles due to heightened insecurity.

The Chief of defence staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, speaking at the end of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting in Abuja says no state has the power to procure automatic weapons for its security outfits.

Irabor said the licence for the procurement of automatic weapons, such as AK-47, lies with the agencies of the federal government.

On Thursday, Benue state governor Samuel Ortom while inaugurating the first batch of personnel of the state’s security outfit in August, had said “sophisticated weapons” would be provided for them.

On his part, Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, in September, said the state will procure arms for operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

“Firearms fall into two major categories. You have the automatic weapons and the ones that we may classify as non-automatic weapons, which some of you may even have if you have the appropriate licences — talking about the pump action which are the very common ones, and sometimes even the dane guns some of the hunters use,” he said.

“What is involved in the class mentioned has to do with automatic weapons. There’s no state that has been given licence for that.

“So, you do not ask for what you do not have power to acquire.”

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