Kwara Governor Denies Sponsoring Political Thugs Linked to Offa Bank Robbery 


By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Sunday  denied  police allegations of sponsoring, funding, arming or supporting political thuggery.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, in response to a Nigeria Police statement accusing him of sponsoring political thugs allegedly linked to the Offa armed robbery incident, Ahmed  described the allegations as false and rejected his alleged indictment by the Nigeria Police or the armed robbery suspects in their custody.

The governor affirmed that while the state government had empowered several youth groups under its acclaimed Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) scheme neither he nor the state government can be held liable for how beneficiaries utilise 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 Police had  in statement released on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, said  five gang leaders and some of the 17 Offa bank robbery suspects arrested had confessed that they were political thugs of Senator Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.