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The Nigerian presidency says no state has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for its security outfits

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The Presidency says no state has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for its security outfits.

A presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, yesterday in a statement, said President Muhammadu Buhari had repeatedly made it clear that nobody was allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had, on September 22, criticized the federal government’s opposition to the proposed use of arms by the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun, while allowing its equivalent in Katsina state to bear weapons.

On Monday, the governor expressed his commitment to equipping Amotekun for the effective operation of the corps in securing the lives and property of the people of the region.

But in a swift reaction yesterday, the Presidency said under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser could issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief.

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