Northern coalition raises alarm of mega plot, makes five demands - Jos killings
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has taken a position on the killings in Jos, Plateau State.
The coalition, on Thursday, opined that the latest incident of highway ambush and killings by the Irigwe militia is part of a coordinated mega plot to give the crisis a religious coloration to cause greater conflict in the North.
Press had reported that Plateau State, in the past few days, has been shut down following the recent massacre of some travelers, who were murdered by gunmen yet unknown. Over 40 persons were killed during the attack.
The unrest in Plateau became worse on Wednesday following the killing of about 36 residents of Yelwa Zangam community, Jos North Local Government Area.
Reacting, CNG in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman warned the perpetrators of highway murders and their sponsors that the patience of Nigerian People has reached the point where any further ambush and attack would not be tolerated anymore.
They demanded immediate investigation, arrest and prosecution of those criminals who block and kill innocent travelers on public highways such as the Rukuba junction in Gada biyu, Abuja and Barikin Ladi roads in Plateau State and other locations in Kaduna and Benue states.
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The Northern groups also demanded that criminals be tried in special courts for the mass murder of innocent Nigerian People.
Also as part of its demands, CNG ordered full investigation into the roles being played by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Matthew Hasan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, in fanning the embers of violence in parts of northern Nigeria.
Part of the statement read: “We demand thorough investigation, arrest and diligent prosecution of the criminals that block and kill innocent travelers on such public highways as the Rukuba junction in Gada biyu, Abuja and Barikin Ladi roads in Plateau State and other locations in Kaduna and Benue States.
“We demand the promulgation of special penal laws for the punishment of such offences that involve the ambush and killings of innocent public highway users.
“We demand the setting up of special courts for the trial of those involved in such unjustifiable blockade and mass murder of innocent civilians.
“We demand action from the federal government to ensure a permanent end to the incessant highway attacks including the arrest of traditional rulers and all elected representatives from the communities that harbor the terrorists, and where resistance is shown, the communities be demolished and replaced by military posts.
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“We demand full investigation into the roles being played by the utterances of such leaders as Akeredolu and Kukah in fanning the embers of violence in parts of northern Nigeria and elsewhere.”
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