Action Alliance (AA) presidential candidate Hamza Al-Mustapha says there is an influx of weapons into the country ahead of the 2023 general election.

Al-Mustapha, a retired commander and former head of security for late Head of State Sani Abacha, said weapons and drugs are entering the country across the border, raising concern among security agencies.

He said so in Abuja on Tuesday during the annual roundtable on insecurity organized by Platinum Post.

He spoke on the topic: “Contemporary security challenges and their effect on the 2023 general elections.”

He said: “As of today, all the agencies in Nigeria, and I am sure that the representative of the police inspector general you’re aware of what I’m about to talk about, new discoveries of drug movements, weapons, are coming into Nigeria across numerous borders and in large numbers. I’m talking about it now as I speak. But I am sure that society is not aware.

“The question is, at whose request are these new weapons entering? Why the increase? Who are the sellers? Who sent for him? Are they politicians? What’s the plan? Can elections be held? Has the friction between the political parties and the candidates and their supporters started?

“The question is who is sending the weapon, to reinforce the insurgency or to reinforce the political side of it? said Mr. Al-Mustapha.

Hamza Al-Mustapha, Action Alliance (AA) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.

In his speech, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the biggest threat to the 2023 general election is insecurity.

Mr. Ganduje, who was represented by Kano State Service Chief and Acting Chief of Staff Usman Bala, said security operations are faced with “ensuring the safety of voters, election staff, materials, the candidates, the party agents, the observers, the media and transporters.”

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