Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has debunked his involvement with political thugs and the recently arrested robbers who claimed that they were sponsored by the governor and the senate president.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication Dr Muyideen Akorede, the governor described the allegations against him as false and rejected his alleged indictment by the Nigeria Police or the armed robbery suspects in their custody.
The governor noted that, his government has helped so many youths especially through its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) scheme which was used to disburse money to youths in the state. He further stated that the government however does not have much control on how the beneficiaries spend the money and what they spend it on. He urged the police to charge the suspects to court as soon as possible in line with dictates of the rule of law.
His full statement is below:
“Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed denies the allegations of supporting political thuggery 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.
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”.
Concluding his statement, the governor strongly refuted the claims about him arming and sponsoring political thuggery and expressed hope that the police will soon complete its investigations and charge the suspects to court.