Dont link me or Saraki with suspected cultists – Kwara Governor

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed
Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

A day after Senate President Buhola Saraki accused Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, of a plot to frame him up in connection with some suspected felons, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has denied any link with the suspects.

Mr Saraki at Senate plenary on Wednesday alleged that the police chief had transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara to make statements to implicate him and the state government.

Following the allegation, the Senate set up a nine-member committee to meet President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in the matter.

The police later on Wednesday confirmed the transfer to Abuja of some suspects linked to a string of killings in the state but said the transfer was not because of Mr Saraki.

However, in a statement by his spokesperson, Muideen Akorede, on the matter Thursday, Mr Ahmed as denied 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.”

In the statement, the governor said neither him nor the Senate President or any of their aides have links with the suspected cultists or their alleged activities.

“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.”

Mr Ahmed described the alleged killings as the outcome of clashes between rival cults in the state “as most victims have been identified by security agencies as members of cult groups.

According to the statement, “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.”

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