By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin—GOVERNOR Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has described as false and misleading, insinuations linking him and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, with the suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin, the state capital.
The suspects have already been transferred by the Police to Abuja.
Governor Ahmed in a statement, yesterday, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, insisted that neither him nor the Senate President or any of their aides had any link with the suspected cultists or their alleged activities.
His words: “There is no link between the case in question with me and even the state government, the same with the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki.The case was very clear from the onset. So, no one should link us.
“We should be very careful not to turn our dear country to a banana republic by just looking for anything to politicise. For us, and indeed any sane society, cultism is a very serious security challenge that no one should politicise.”
The statement referred the general public to the parade of the suspects by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aminu Pai Saleh, on May 10, 2018 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 with any sponsors.
Governor Ahmed described the alleged killings as the outcome of clashes between rival cults in the state as most victims had been identified by security agencies as members of cult groups.
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.”
He 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.