The people of Ilorin represented by community and village heads under the auspices of Magajis and Alanguas have expressed support for the state government in its effort to rid the state of activities of hoodlums and ensure peace and security in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the Magajis and the Alanguas during a solidarity visit to the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, spokesman of the association who is also the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Salihu Woru Muhammed said the group condemned the fracas which ensued in parts of Ilorin metropolis between men of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the street urchins which led to arson and destruction of vehicles allegedly by the urchins.
Alhaji Salihu Muhammed called for severe punishment for the perpetrators of the violence while government should initiate strategies that will avert future occurrence.
Responding, the State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed reiterated that his administration will not tolerate acts of criminality by street urchins, popularly called “good boys” and promised that his administration has set up an enlightenment committee on how to end thuggery while an empowerment scheme would be instituted for the transformation of the youths to responsible citizens.
The Governor added that those with criminal tendencies should realize that the campaigns and elections were over and purposeful governance has taken the centre stage again. “We will ensure that criminality is not given any room in the State. If anybody under any guise is found wanting, he will be brought to book”, he assured the community.