kehinde Emmanuel, ilorin
A group under the aegis of the Coalition of Concerned Kwara Citizens on Monday staged a protest in Ilorin against what they described as Senate President Bukola Saraki’s interference in the police investigation on cult killings in Kwara.
The group converged at Adeta roundabout in the heart of Ilorin and walked through Adewole estate, chanting anti-Saraki songs.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Coalition of Concerned Kwara Citizens Passes Vote of Confidence on IGP”, “Nobody is Above the Law; Justice We Clamour for”, “Kwara Workers are hungry, while Cultists are Feeding Fat.
Others were “Kwara Say No to Touts, Thuggery and Hooliganism”, “Enough is Enough! This Politics of Intimidation Must Stop”, and “This is unacceptable, Senate President promoting Cultists and Tout” among others.
Reading the text by the group, Comrade Olawale Gbadeyan asserted that the coalition found it necessary to talk, so that the whole world would not believe that the state was populated by criminals or cowards who were on the same page with Saraki.
Gbadeyan stated that the group did not see anything special in the movement of culprits to Abuja for diligent investigation.
“It is only instructive to note that this is not the first criminal matter that would be transferred from Kwara to Abuja.
“In the wake of 2003 election that ushered in the administration of Senator Saraki as governor, spurious allegations were made against some prominent Ilorin indigenes on plan to bomb Senator Saraki’s National Pilot Office in Ilorin.
“The case was investigated by a senior police officer in the rank of DIG from Abuja and the matter was subsequently moved to Abuja”, he said.
He noted that cultism and violence could not have become the official emblem of Kwara without enjoying the official seal of the power that is in the state.
“Some people that hold the leverage of political power; as if they are also cultists, must be behind the youths misguided into the life of violence in the state.
“All of them are well known and really do not have sound education or reasonable means of livelihood except the coverage and patronages they enjoy from the government.
“They are big boys of Kwara and indeed live like kings”, he said, explaining that the group had absolute confidence in the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to properly and diligently investigate the case.
He urged the IGP to ensure that all other members of the gang are arrested and brought to book as Kwarans were watching what becomes of the case.
According to him, the group will not relent in bringing justice to the matter.
Our Correspondent, recalls Saraki on May 16 at the Senate plenary alleged that IGP was about to implicate him on the commission of crimes by some suspected cultists arrested over killings in Ilorin.
The Senate President expressed worry that the suspects were transferred to Abuja to coerce them to write a statement to indict him as the former Kwara governor.
The Police have, however, denied the allegation in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood