The Muslim Rights Concern MURIC has charged the Nigerian Police to prosecute the 13 suspects arrested in connection with missing of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) said to be marauding at Berom community in Plateau State.
The director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement issued on Monday also urged the police and other security agencies to dig deeper in its investigations.
The Nigeria Army last week Wednesday 17th October, 2018, presented 13 suspects arrested in connection with missing Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) to newsmen in Jos.
The suspects were subsequently handed over to the police for further investigation.
According to MURIC, the sponsors of the blood-thirsty killers must be identified, arrested and prosecuted. Commending the army for respecting the rule of law by handing over the suspects to the police, the group charged the Inspector General of Police to ensure that justice was not only done but it must be seen to have been done.
“The case goes beyond a murdered army general. It is a case of massacre, ethnic cleansing and systematic elimination of Muslim travellers over a long period.
“The Plateau state government is suspected of active connivance. FG must therefore intervene and ensure the protection of Muslim travellers particularly in Berom territory.
“The police must speedily, diligently and meticulously prosecute the suspects. Not only that, the sponsors must be fished out, identified, arrested and prosecuted.
“Those thirteen suspects are mere pawns in the hands of powerful sponsors. They are the symptoms, not the disease. It is the sponsors who are behind the illegal smuggling of arms into Plateau State and the killing of Muslims and Fulanis,” it said.
The group warned that blood-letting will continue even with the incarceration of the few men unless the sponsors are dealt with, adding that there must be no sacred cows.
MURIC said, “The failure to apprehend sponsors behind the Plateau mayhem has been responsible for its continuity. Now is the time to be assertive. The investigation must be comprehensive,”
It appealed to federal government to order the draining of other ponds within the vicinity of the Dura-Du Pond of Death because there was every reason to believe that many vehicles, decomposing bodies and skeletons of murdered Muslim travellers will still be lying under Berom ponds.
“Until this is done, until the capacity of Berom Christian killers to block the road and kill Muslims at will is neutralized, Nigerian Muslims from the North and South are not safe. It is the responsibility of FG to ensure our safety.
“Nigerian Muslims are prepared to live in peace with their Christian neighbours but there must be assurance that Muslims are safe to traverse the length and breadth of this great country.
“Government must take every necessary action to protect Muslim travellers particularly from merciless killers, terrorists and cannibals in our midst. The starting point is ensuring that the sponsors of these killers are exposed and prosecuted. Those found guilty must face the full wrath of the law.”
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