Governor Ahmed Describes Accusation As False And Misleading
The Kwara State Governor has denied any link with the recently arrested alleged suspects in the state. He made this known in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Muideen Akorede, on the matter on Thursday.
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The response is coming a day after Senate President Bukola Saraki raised an alarm during plenary over alleged plots by the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, of a plot to frame him and the governor in connection with some suspected cultists in the state.
Saraki alleged that the police chief had transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara to make statements to implicate him and the state government but the police denied the accusations, and confirmed the transfer to Abuja of the suspects, which it said was to further investigations.
However, Governor Ahmed has denied a link with the suspects describing it as “false and misleading, insinuations linking” him and Mr Saraki “with the suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin, the state capital and transferred by the Nigeria Police to Abuja.”
He also denied any knowledge of or any intention to harm any individual as the political leadership in the state has never used violence as a political tool.
The statement referred the general public to the parade of the suspects by the state commissioner of police, Aminu Pai Saleh on Thursday, May 10, in Ilorin, “during which he announced that the suspects were arrested for alleged murder and membership of cult groups but made no mention of any confessional statement linking their activities to any sponsors.”
The statement reads, “Governor Ahmed emphasised that the growing problem of cultism and cult-related criminalities formed the basis of his charge to the new Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Saleh to focus on ending the menace on his resumption last month.”
“According to him, the state government sees cultism as a serious security issue requiring urgent attention and has accordingly amended the State Cultism Law to prescribe stiffer penalties for convicts and those who aid and abet them, besides providing operational support to all security agencies in the state in their fight against all forms of criminalities, including cultism.”
“Governor Ahmed warned that cultism is a serious security challenge which should neither be trivialised and turned into a political tool nor be treated with levity.”
“He therefore urged well-meaning Nigerians to disregard any attempt to politicise the menace of cultism but focus instead on joining hands with the government and security agencies to bring the menace to an end in the interest of public safety while allowing the rule of law and justice to prevail in the matter.”
In another report, NIGERIA NEWS reported that some Kwara youths took to the streets to protest against humiliating their God-sent leader, Senator Bukola Saraki, adding that he is the most humilated Senate Speaker in the country’s history.