Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has spoken about some suspected cultists arrested in the state.
Governor Ahmed said Senate president Bukola Saraki and himself do not have anything to do with the case – He said cultism is a serious security challenge which should neither be trivialised and turned into a political tool nor be treated with levity.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has described some insinuations linking him and Senate president Abubakar Bukola Saraki with the suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin, the state capital and transferred by the Nigeria police to Abuja as ‘false and misleading’. Premium Times reports Governor Ahmed who made this known in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and communications, Muyideen Akorede, said neither him nor the Senate President or any of their aides have links with the suspected cultists or their alleged activities.
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.
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. He said: “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, 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.
Saraki, who made the allegation on Wednesday, May 16, during plenary, claimed that the IGP had ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Kwara state be transferred to Abuja, where they are expected to make statements that will implicate him. The leader of the upper chamber accused people in authority of abusing power for the purpose of fighting their perceived enemies.