Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG, has blamed the recent killings of innocent people along Rukuba Road in Gada-Biyu, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on lack of proactive measures on insecurity in the country.
No fewer than 22 Muslims from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State who were returning from Bauchi after participating in a religious activity were last Saturday murdered while about 14 others were injured by some criminals in a village in the state.
MMWG, in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi and National Secretary, Dr. Nasir Balogun, condemned the killings, describing it as a genocide which must not go unpunished by the federal government.
The group noted that “tribal and religious militants have been taking laws into their hands by killing innocent people in Plateau State for a long time without punishment for their actions, as Police were accused of releasing unlawfully those arrested for the crimes.”
“The nation must recall when a Major-General in the Nigerian military was waved down on the highway by some villagers, abducted, killed and threw his lifeless body into the well.
“A long search for the military officer later revealed how he was murdered by some criminals in that village,” it stated, adding that “nobody heard anything for the past two-years or more since the Military General was cruelly murdered for no offence, other the fact that he was driving passed the village and that he was a Muslim.”
The group further blamed the incessant criminalities in the Plateau on lack of punishment for the past crimes wantonly committed by some criminally-minded youths in the state hiding under the cover of religion and ethnicity.
It therefore condemned security agents, community leaders and the state government for not ensuring that criminally- minded people are made to face the wrath of the law after committing heinous crimes.
“The time has come for the Government of Plateau State to stand-clear of covering-up criminals and let the security agencies and the Judiciary do their jobs. The government has always been reactive instead of being proactive in matters concerning senseless and merciless killings of innocent people.
“Religious bigotry and ethnic criminalities must stop not only in the Plateau but all over Nigeria,” the group warned.
While sympathising with the Ondo State Muslim Community in particular and the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abdubakar, it appealed to the federal government for urgent recruitment into the Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC so as to strengthen their personnel to combat insecurity in the country.
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