More than 48 hours after he was accused of illegally possessing firearms and of gun running, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, has denied the allegation, and said he would ensure that those who masterminded the attacks, face the full wrath of the law.
In a statement personally signed by him and made available to LEADERSHIP, Comrade Abba Moro denied facing a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms and unlawful possession of a Nigerian Air Force service pistol with registration number: NAF30358 and seven live ammunition’s discovered by the SSS on routine check, during his tenure as Chairman, Okpokwu Local Government Area, a position he held between 1999 and 2007.
Dismissing the charges which seems to have gained a feat in the social media,the minister wondered why anyone would sponsor malicious and image denting accusations in an attempt to vilify him, in spite of his contributions to national development.
Comrade Moro, according to the statement, further explained that it is statutory for him, as the supervising minister of Internal Affairs, to take delivery of the arms donated to the Civil Defence Corps until an armory was provided for its safety. He maintained that he was not aware of any missing fire arms purchased for the Civil Defence Corps, let alone confiscating same.
This is even as he hinted that he had since written to all the State Governors and the Minister of the FCTA to provide armoury for the NSCDC to safe-keep their arms. ‘I am saddened by this unwarranted character assassination. To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of any missing fire arms purchased for the Civil Defence Corps, let alone confiscating same.
The statement by Comrade Moro partly reads, ‘It is on record that the Nigerian Army escorted same to the armoury. It is equally on record that I have since written to all the State Governors and the Minister of the FCTA to provide armoury for the NSCDC to safe-keep their arms. I am saddened by this unwarranted character assassination’.
“This is wicked, mischievous, malicious and a deliberate attempt to disparage me. I make bold to say that there is no iota of truth in this. This is outright falsehood and diabolic. If this is done in reaction to the allegation making rounds in the press especially in the social guise of politics, it is unfortunate and sad. It is taking politics too far”.