Muslim Council want Christian leaders arrested

Muslim Council want Christian leaders arrested

From James Osong in Kaduna
The Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state has demanded the arrest
and prosecution of the president of the Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) and others for the alleged escalation of the mayhem in
Southern Kaduna.
The part of Kaduna has since late 2016 witnessed heavy attacks and
killings despite security deployment and curfew imposed by the
The Imams are insisting that the attacks on some villages in the area
were heightened through inflammatory and false statements by those who
they want arrested.
The  Imams, at a press conference in Kaduna addressed by their
chairman, Sheik Abubakar Babantune and secretary, Aminu Ibrahim,
demanded that those to be arrested should include Rev Zacahriah Gado
of 19 DCC Fellowship, the CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, CAN
secretary-general Musa Asake, John Danfulani, and Solomon Musa, SOKAPU
The Imams insisted that the Christian leaders encouraged the killings
of Muslims in the area, which they described as merciless massacre,
through their comments.
The religious leaders also called for the arrest and prosecution of
Danjuma La’ah, the senator representing the area, and Sunday
Marshal-Katung, a member of the House of Representatives.
The council said those mentioned spread falsehood and encouraged
residents to take up arms against each other.
The Imams also blamed the government for refusing to prosecute those
behind previous crises in the area naming some of them as Zamani
Lekwot and five others, who were found guilty and sentenced to death
by Justice Okigbo tribunal over the Zangon Kataf crises.
“The white paper of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Kaduna
state Religious Disturbances of 2001 recommended for further
investigation and reprimand of Elder Saídu Dogo, Archbishop PY Jatau,
Archbishop BA Achigili.
“The white paper on the report of the federal government
Investigation Panel on the 2011 election violence and civil
disturbances recommended among others for the police to investigate a
History teacher that killed the father of his student in her
presence,” the group said.
The council said it was in support of the federal and Kaduna state
governments taking any measures legally to deal with any individual or
group of persons found promoting further disturbances in the area.

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