Religious war: Imams Demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna Killings

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The Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state has requested the arrest  and indictment of the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and others for the claimed escalation of the pandemonium in Southern Kaduna.

The part of Kaduna has since late 2016 seen overwhelming assaults and killings in spite of security arrangement and curfew imposed by the government.

The Imams are demanding that the assaults on a few towns in the region were uplifted through provocative and false proclamations by the individuals who they need captured.

Vanguard reports that the Imams, at a public interview in Kaduna tended to by their executive, Sheik Abubakar Babantune and secretary, Aminu Ibrahim, requested that those to be captured ought to incorporate Rev Zacahriah Gado of 19 DCC Fellowship, the CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, CAN secretary-general Musa Asake, John Danfulani, and Solomon Musa, SOKAPU president.

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The Imams demanded that the Christian pioneers energized the killings of Muslims in the zone, which they depicted as unfeeling slaughter, through their remarks.

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.

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“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.

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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.