Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has refuted police allegations of sponsoring, funding, arming or otherwise supporting political thuggery in the state.
The police high command had accused Governor Ahmed and Senate President Bukola Saraki of sponsoring political thugs allegedly linked to the Offa armed robbery incident.
The governor in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications Dr. Muyideen Akorede described the allegations as false and rejected his alleged indictment by the Nigeria police or the armed robbery suspects in their custody.
Governor Ahmed affirmed that while the state government has empowered several youth groups under its acclaimed Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) scheme neither he nor the statement government can 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.
The statement reads: “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.
“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.
“The governor also rejects the police allegation of arming and funding the suspects for political thuggery or for any other activity as false and unfounded as thuggery or any other form of criminality is neither encouraged nor supported by the state government or its agents.”
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