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Ondo Elections: Akeredolu gives residents seven-day ultimatum to surrender arms

The governor says Amotekun will assume possession of all surrendered arms and ammunition.

• October 30, 2020
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has warned that persons illegally in possession of arms and ammunition must turn in such devices within seven days from October 30.

The governor directed that the arms and ammunition should be returned to the commandant, South West Security Network, Amotekun, at the Pa Fasoranti’s Gardens, Alagbaka, Akure.

Gubernatorial election held in Ondo on October 7, which saw the governor re-elected for a second term. But the state has descended into chaos, with residents saying thugs who were armed for the elections by politicians have turned the weapons on citizens.

Mr. Akeredolu did not immediately say why he issued the sudden appeal, but said a ‘window of grace’ was in place for illegal firearm owners to surrender.

“Those who find it difficult to physically present such arms and ammunition for obvious reasons are advised and indeed, encouraged to call 08079999989 for further advice and instructions on appropriate steps to be taken,” he said.

State officials also complained about allegedly ‘very low level’ of police activities in  Ondo, suggesting that officers have disappeared from many areas around the state following the global campaign against police brutality in Nigeria.

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