- Several residents of Kwara have marched in the state capital, in support of the transfer of some alleged cultists to Abuja
- They said the procedure was normal, considering the nature of the case
- They also urged the chief justice of Nigeria to advise the Kwara state judiciary not to allow itself be used in matters outside its purview
Scores of Kwara residents under the banner, Coalition of Concerned Kwara Citizens, marched in Ilorin, the state capital, on Monday, May 21, in support of the transfer of some suspects linked to cult-related murders, to Abuja, Punch reports.
During the march, they held up placards with various inscriptions; some of which read: ‘Vote of confidence in IGP,’ ‘Let justice prevail,’ and ‘Kwara workers are hungry, while cultists are feeding fat.’
NAIJ.com gathers that the group’s spokesperson, Gbadeyan James, said it was normal procedure for suspects to be moved from one location to another for further investigation. He said Abuja was the appropriate place to handle the case to ensure diligent investigation and prosecution, as well as reveal sponsors of the crime; considering the peculiar nature of the case.
He stated: “There is no need for anybody, including the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, to entertain fear about the development. This is not the first criminal matter to be transferred from Kwara state to Abuja.
“In the wake of the 2003 election that ushered in the administration of Senator Bukola Saraki as governor, allegations were made against some Ilorin indigenes on plans to bomb Saraki’s National Pilot newspapers’ office. The case was eventually moved to Abuja.
“Similar cases that were transferred to Abuja from Kwara included the Fulani/vigilante group clashes in Alapa, in the Asa local government area of the state. The Offa poly students/OPC and Oro Ago Fulani/farmers crises were also transferred to Abuja."
James called on the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to advise the Kwara state judiciary not to allow itself be used in matters outside its purview.
He added: “The people of Kwara state and indeed Nigerians are watching what becomes of this case. We will not relent in bringing justice to the matter.
“We shall go beyond the shores of this land to get it; and we shall do all within to ensure that party politics is not used to scuttle the course of justice."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the suspects allegedly involved in cult-related murders who were transferred to Abuja recently, may have been taken out of Kwara state due to their political and social connections.
The six suspects are currently being held by the Police, over alleged murders in Kwara, in the last few years.
Senate President Bukola Saraki had earlier alleged that Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, was staging a plot to link him and the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, to the suspects.
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