Ogun State Police Command has said it collected about 1,000 rifles from a former governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, in 2012 from the large cache of arms his government purchased and handed over to the command that year.
The command, however, maintained that not a single AK-47 rifle was among the items handed over to the command by the former governor on May 28, 2019.
The police made the clarification in a statement signed by the state Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Thursday.
The PPRO who was reacting to the report by an online medium , Premium Times, accusing Amosun of arms stockpiling, described the report as mischievous, adding that the report only existed in the imagination of the writer.
The statement by the command read, “The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a news item with the above caption published by Premium Times an online media outfit and the command wishes to put the record straight as follows:
“On the 28th of May, 2019, the then Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, invited the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, to come and take delivery of some ammunition and other items which had been in the state government armoury.
“Upon the invitation, the commissioner of police with his management team moved to the governor’s office at Oke-Mosan where the items were presented to them in public.”
He added, “The items handed over to the command on that day were: one Armoured Personnel Carrier; 1,440,420 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 271 units of armoured vests and three ballistic helmets.
“Immediately the command took delivery of the items, the Force Headquarters was notified via an official signal as a normal procedure and standard practice of reporting any incident.
“It is worthy of note that not a single AK-47 rifle was among the items handed over to the command by the former governor. The much talked about 1,000 rifles were those purchased by the state government and handed over to the command in the year 2012. The former governor only made reference to it during the handing over on 28th May 2019.”
The command also debunked the report by Premium Times that the commissioner of police made efforts to inform the headquarters ahead of her publication.
The statement read, “Also, the baseless assertion of the writer that the CP was making frantic efforts to inform the Force headquarters ahead of the publication to avoid being in trouble if the headquarters learnt about the incident through media only exists in the imagination of the writer as the office of Inspector General of Police has been duly informed even before the writer got wind of the matter.”