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You Lied! Jonathan, Dasuki Deny Granting Amosun Approval For Armoury

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You Lied! Jonathan, Dasuki Deny Granting Amosun Approval For Armoury

You Lied! Jonathan, Dasuki Deny Granting Amosun Approval For Armoury
June 28
17:00 2019

Many a man are enslaved to innate demons. Led by the beasts within, they commit dastardly acts of savagery and corruption only to confess at the end, alleging a faltered mental state, abject penury and the threat of death, among other extreme circumstances. Ask former governor Amosun.

The politician would use gilded words to masque deceit and brandish fickle principles and statistics to conclude with a false truth. Just like many a rabble-rouser, who flashes documents to lock down evidence but never real facts to back their proof, Amosun has revealed the depth of decadence and negligence that aided and abetted corruption in the political milieu.

Interestingly, former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said he did not grant any approval for the construction of an armoury to former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, or any governor during his presidential term between 2010 and 2015.

“I am not aware of any approval (to build an armoury to stockpile weapons),” Mr Jonathan told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon through a close associate, who was a minister in his administration.

He advised this newspaper to further confirm from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, that no such approval was granted.

Mr Dasuki has in the past four years been in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) and this newspaper was unable to directly contact him. But a former director at the office of the National Security Adviser, who worked closely with Mr Dasuki during Mr Jonathan’s era, said no such approval was given during Mr Dasuki’s tenure.

“Oga (NSA Dasuki) did not grant anyone approval to build an armoury,” the former official said. He asked not to be named so as not to be victimised by the current administration.

“Maintaining an armoury in Government House is an illegal activity, and we did not approve any such request during our time. We did not permit any governor to store arms and ammunition.

“If he is insisting there was an approval granted him for his armoury, we challenge him to make the documentation public.”

Mr Jonathan was Nigeria’s president at a time of heightened insecurity, during which the Boko Haram sect became a full-blown danger to Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Jonathan administration was preoccupied with containing Boko Haram and other manifestations of insecurity under his tenure, and Mr Amosun, as an opposition politician, would have raised a red flag if he sought to purchase weapons and stockpile them at his official residence.

While struggling to extricate himself from a PREMIUM TIMES story about how he stockpiled sophisticated arms and ammunition at Ogun State Government House, Abeokuta — in a blatant violation of Nigeria’s Firearms Act — Mr Amosun had claimed that he received permission from Mr Jonathan to import weapons and stockpile them for security purposes.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported on Monday night that Mr Amosun stored arms and ammunition for a long period at his official residence when he was governor. The politician, now a senator, called the police commissioner, Bashir Makama, and hurriedly handed over the weapons to him a day before he left office on May 28.

National security officials found Mr Amosun’s action particularly troubling and illegal, expressing further dismay that the country’s security architecture failed to detect such a massive cache of arms and ammunition for such a long time

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