Muslim bodies seek arrest, trial of Plateau attacks’ masterminds
JAMA’ATU Nasirl Islam (JNI) and the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria have condemned the killings in parts of Plateau.Consequently, they asked the Federal Government and the military to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators as well investigate the recent disappearance of the former Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Major-General Idris Alkali, and other Muslim passersby in Du axis of the state.
At separate press conferences yesterday in Kaduna, the Muslim bodies maintained that the killings must stop forthwith, adding: “It is sad that the atrocities have been allowed to go on for so long until an Army General was murdered that the authorities woke up to take action.”
The council regretted that Plateau had become the “most spectacular theatre of mass killings, especially of Muslims and Hausa Fulani people.” JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said government must go beyond mere condemnation of the mayhem by swiftly restoring law and order in the troubled areas.
The body also called on government to, as a matter of reconciliation and fairness, set up a commission of inquiry to unravel the remote cause(s), proffer far-reaching solutions and implement same to check reoccurrences in future.
It further urged the government to be more proactive in saving lives and property of innocent Nigerians as well as uncovering criminal hideouts.Calling on Muslims in Plateau to be fervent with prayers, Aliyu sought the involvement of experts in demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) to mop up arms from all and sundry.
According to AbdulRahman Hassan, who addressed newsmen alongside other members of the Sharia council, government must urgently drain the Du pond where vehicles, including that of the missing general, were found for more possible discoveries. He alleged: “A conservative estimate of the cases of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Muslims across the country, especially the Middle Belt, is over 200,000 innocent souls, with properties worth billions of naira destroyed.
“Since early 2001, the Plateau has become the most spectacular theatre of mass killings and destruction of properties by the so-called indigenous Christians.“We will not for a single moment forget the horrendous atrocities perpetrated by Christian militia against various Muslim communities at different times and parts of this country, in places like Mambila Plateau, Numan, Wase, Wukari, Kuru Jenta, Zangon Kataf, Kafanchan, Zonkwa, Kaduna, Tafawa Balewa, etc.”
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