by Isi Esene
George Udoh, the special adviser to the minister of Interior yesterday released a statement denying speculation that the minister, Abba Moro, is involved in gunrunning and arms smuggling.
He reportedly advised relevant security agencies to look into the allegations and bring to book those behind the false publication citing it as a necessary action to deter others from spreading unfounded allegations.
The minister denied reports saying he was arrested and prosecuted in Abuja with a pistol explaining that it was his driver – who doubles as his security officer – that was found with a pistol and not him.
The statement read in part:
“On the grave allegation of illegal arms importation and gunrunning, the minister said this is pure fiction. One, the political hacks behind this campaign have exposed their ignorance to the public.
“One day, they said that the arms were imported by the Federal government for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, then, in the same statement they said the minister illegally imported the arms. So which one should we believe?
“Furthermore, the NSCDC is a public office in a public domain whose comment could be sought to find out if there are missing arms rather than crying wolves when none exists.”
The minister further argued that if arms and ammunition procured for the NSCDC were missing, the para-military organisation would have publicised it.