A civil society group, National Anti-Terrorism and Peace Network (NATPW), has accused the minister of interior and supervising head of Nigeria’s internal security, of alleged involvement in weapons deals.
The group claims it has received intelligence from an unnamed source in the secret services that the country’s interior minister had been secretly smuggling arms into the country.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the move to expose alleged gun running business of the supervising minister of the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service (FFS) and the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) was borne out of the curiosity of the NATPW to unravel, through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the minister’s confiscation of a large cache of arms and ammunition on behalf the federal government, meant for the Civil Defence Corps, in their genuine bid to save the country from insurgents.
Our checks further revealed that the decision to unravel Moro’s alleged gun dealings was not unconnected with outcry against incessant attacks on ordinary citizens and properties worth millions of naira by members of the Islamic sect as well as political thugs, aided by top government officials.
The coalition, in a letter written to the US and other international agencies and made available to elombah.co, berated President Goodluck Jonathan for ignoring intelligence report from the former NSA, recommending the immediate resignation of Moro for coming to top government office with a huge moral burden of ongoing trial for gun running before an Abuja Magistrate Court.
Expressing shock that one with dubious morality and questionable character like Comrade Moro was allowed access into sensitive positions in the country, the group further alleged that the minister, while serving as Chairman of Okpokwu Local Government Area between 1999 and 2007, was caught at Abuja with a short service pistol without any permission or presidential directive to bear arms and was subsequently arraigned before a court of law.
However, denying the allegations of his alleged involvement in an gun-running and arms smuggling, the minister who spoke through his senior Assistant, Media, Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi, described the allegation as the handiwork of power-drunk persons, aimed at scoring cheap political point.
He said, “It is impossible that Comrade Moro is involved in gun running and arms smuggling business. This is local politics and has nothing to do with reality.”