A’Ibom Gov. Emmanuel denies stockpiling arms

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has denied the reports that operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) found some illegal arms during their search recently on the presidential wing of the state Government House in Uyo.

The governor stated this at a gathering at Peacock Paints Industries, one of the moribund industries recently resuscitated by his administration.

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He said he did not stock pile arms as claimed by the DSS and that being a Governor that understands the legal implication of such acts, he could not have embarked in piling of arms as reported.

The governor, however, described the recommissioning of the paint factory as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to prudent management of resources.

He said the company is now fully owned by the State Government but would be privatized in due course, adding that a total of N526 million had been spent to reactivate the company.

Emmanuel directed that all government contractors must make use of the company’s products or have their contacts revoked.

The Governor said the decision became necessary to ensure the success of the recommissioned company.