President Muhammadu Buhari has been called on by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, to investigate the alleged interception of the weaponized drone by the Military Intelligence at Lagos Airport.
SMBLF charged the President to suspend Commodore U K Abdullahi and contain his movement while the Judicial Commission of Inquiry carries out its assignment.
Yinka Odumakin, Gen. Cru Ihekire, Senator Bassey Henshaw and Dr lsuwa Dogo from South West, South East, South-South and Middle Belt noted that there were reports that the “Weaponised drone intercepted by military intelligence at Lagos Airport and the Commander received an order to release suspect”.
SMBLF noted that a report revealed that a man was arrested at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos for being in possession of two highly weaponized drones.
It was reported that the weaponized drones were spotted in a carton and the supervisor told the man that brought it into the country to go and report the following day.
It added that investigation revealed that the following day, the man was asked to write a statement after which he was detained.
A further investigation revealed that Abdullah received a call from an unknown individual who ordered him to release the man and the drones.
It was reported that Abdullah released the suspect and the drones on January 30, 2020.
The forum observed, “This should be the kind of stuff Gen T. Y Danjuma said would not make us sleep if he should open his mouth if this is true.”
“How on earth would security agents allow Weaponized Drones allegedly meant for Kaduna State go into the system in a country raising a fuss over an attempt by other states to employ guards without even Dane guns?”
“As far as we know, Weaponized Drones can only come into a country with the approval of the President and the end-user must be the country’s armed forces.”
“Indeed, the manufacturer would follow the equipment until it gets to the end-user as it is more or less a lethal weapon of destruction.”
“How did these equipment get into Nigeria and the hands of an individual if the story happens to be true?”
“Whose call would the Commander allegedly receive to release the weapons and the suspect?”
“How many of such dangerous weapons could have been brought into the system illegally by unscrupulous people with the lives of Nigerians in danger. This is Frightening.”
The forum appealed, “We call on President Buhari to immediately order the suspension of Commodore U K Abdullahi and contain his movement while a Judicial Commission of Inquiry is set up immediately.”