2019: Politicians Stockpiling Arms, Says National Task Force
The Director-General of the National Task Force on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons, Dr. Osita Okereke, said governors and their collaborators are stockpiling arms ahead of the elections.
Dr. Okereke revealed this at the National Assembly on the need for the Senate to quickly pass the Bill on National Commission on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons and other related matters.
According to him, apart from stockpiling arms and ammunition, governors were acquiring police and army uniforms to be distributed to uninformed youth to cause mayhem during the elections.
He said: “Information reaching us shows that some politicians, including governors, have been acquiring arms and ammunition to be given to the youth during the forthcoming general election.
“In addition, they are also acquiring police and army uniforms for these youths for use during the lection.
“If the youths that are likely to be recruited were given the opportunity to serve in the proposed commission before February general elections, they would not fall prey to the evil machinations of desperate politicians.
“This is why we want the bill to be passed by the National Assembly and assented to by Mr. President before the election date.”
The DG further urged the leadership of the Senate to fast-track the passage of the Bill on the Establishment of National Commission for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons ahead of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections