‘Politicians Importing Arms Into Nigeria Ahead Of 2019 Elections,’ – Ekweremadu
Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has alleged that politicians are beginning to import weapons into the country in preparation for 2019 general election.
Ekweremadu, who had earlier warned of a possible military takeover in Nigeria, opened the can of worms through his personal twitter handle @Ike_Ekweremadu, predicting a high level of violence and thuggery in the country’s next general election.
With 2019 around the corner, Arms are being imported by
Politicians. I remind them that this is the only Country we
have, if we destroy it there will be no where else for us to
— Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (@Ike_Ekweremadu) March 8, 2018
“With 2019 around the corner, Arms are being imported by Politicians”, Ekweremadu tweeted.
The deputy senate president asserted that he warned those importing the weapons that their action would destroy the country and lead to a big loss for the people.
Ekweremadu, however, did not reveal those who are importing the weapons.
He stated, “I remind them that this is the only Country we have, if we destroy it, there will be nowhere else for us to go.”
He further urged politicians in the country to invest and raise the standard of education in the country insisting that education must be made accessible for everyone across the country
Ekweremadu’s allegation is coming as the Senate begins the investigation by Senator Dino Melaye on Thursday that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State imported restricted security gadgets without obtaining the end-user certificate from the National Security Adviser (NSA), as the law demands.
The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly who made the accusation at the Senate’s plenary said he had sufficient proof to show that the items were imported without the NSA’s knowledge.
He added that the Nigeria Customs intercepted the items, which were in the custody of Nigeria Aviation Handling Company of Nigeria (NAHCO). He also asked the Senate to instruct the James Manager led-Ad-hoc Committee to take the issue as part of their assignments and to ensure that they were still in the custody of NAHCO.
The Senate had earlier set-up a committee headed by Senator James Manager Delta PDP, to carry out a detailed investigation of attacks during empowerment programme organized by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, in Okene, Kogi state last weekend.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, in view of this, I urge the Committee led by a ranking Senator, James Manager to add this assignment.”
“I also urge them to move to NAHCO this afternoon to ensure that those items are still in their custody,” Melaye said.
The Deputy Senate President who presided over the plenary told the Ad-hoc committee to investigate the claim and turn in its report as quickly as possible.