Kwara Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on the Nigerian Police Force to carry out a thorough investigation into the Offa robbery and ensure all criminals involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice.
The Governor also said he trusts in Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria to ensure justice is done on the robbery and avoid politicisation of the matter.
The Governor made the call in Ilorin when he received members of the state’s Artisan Congress led by its President, Saadu Alawaye, at the Government House to protest against alleged politicisation of Offa robbery attack.
The Police have arrested over a dozen suspects who allegedly carried out the robbery of banks in Offa, Kwara State, during which 33 people were killed.
The Police also say five of the suspects confirmed that they had in the past been armed and sponsored by Ahmed and Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Both men have denied the allegations.
According to Ahmed who reiterated his firm belief in the nation’s judicial system and ability of President Buhari to ensure justice and equity, “since the criminals have made confessional statements about their armourer, they should be treated accordingly.”
“We’re worried that the dimension the issue is taking, and especially the media trial by the Police even before conclusion of investigation, may give other suspects at large a leeway to escape. This is why it’s necessary for the police to arrest all those involved in the incident and prosecute them accordingly,” he said.
The Governor called on Nigerians to add their voices to critical national issues in order to ensure equity and justice.
Governor Ahmed, who assured the Artisan Congress that the Government would not relent in supporting the informal sector, insisted that whoever benefitted from the Government’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises support scheme and still engaged in criminal acts must be made to face the full wrath of the law.