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Monday, 4 June 2018

' Tell me about the saga of Offa's bank robbery ''. The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, responds that the police


The governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has denied the police accusations that accuse him of robbing Offa bank, saying he has never sponsored, financed or supported political bullying.


In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant in Media and Communication, Muyideen Akorede, this afternoon, the Governor described the accusations as false and unfounded. The statement partly reads

“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,” the statement said.

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