Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Gov. Ahmed denies supporting thugs


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara State governor, has denied sponsoring, funding and supporting political thugs.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Muyideen Akorede, the governor described police allegations as false.

He also rejected his alleged indictment by the police and the suspects involved in the Offa bank robbery that are currently in custody.

“Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed denies the allegations of supporting political thugs or any other acts of criminality as alleged by the Nigeria Police or the suspects allegedly arrested in connection with the tragic Offa robbery.

“Neither has he at any time funded or provided arms to any individual or group in the state or anywhere in the country”.

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The governor said that while the state government had empowered several youth groups under its Small and Medium Enterprises, SME scheme, neither he nor the state government could be held liable for how beneficiaries utilize the credit.

He, therefore, urged the police to complete their investigations and charge the suspects to court soon in line with the dictates of the rule of law.

“To set the records straight, the Kwara State Government has a well-known empowerment scheme under the Small And Medium Enterprises platform which is used to move women and youths groups into entrepreneurship.

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“Consequently, several youth and women groups have benefitted from the scheme to date. However, at no point did the Kwara State government directly provide funds to any group known as Good Boys for any purpose.

“Similarly, if any of the beneficiaries chose to use the SME credit secured from the government to purchase a vehicle which was then alleged to have been used for an act of criminality, the Kwara State Governor and indeed the state government cannot be held liable for such actions since neither had prior knowledge of such intentions on beneficiaries’ part”.

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The statement came shortly after Senate President Bukola Saraki was invited by the Nigeria Police force also in connection with the bank robbery.

The Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, had on Sunday, said five of the suspects in the April 5, Offa bank robbery who confessed to the crime had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and Mr Ahmed.

Also according to the police, the gang leaders further confessed that they were operating under the name Youth Liberation Movement a.k.a “Good Boys” and were sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President and Governor Ahmed.

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