The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the federal and Kaduna governments to rise to put a stop to the killings in the state and punish the perpetrators.
Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, made the call in a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant to the CAN president on media & communications.
Ayokunle decried the two weeks of crisis in the state that led to the maiming and killing of innocent people in the state, including a traditional ruler, the Agom Adara, Maiwada Galadima.
The Agom Adara was attacked and kidnapped by unknown persons on October 19, along with his wife who was later released.
His police escort, driver and three others were killed at the scene of the abduction.
According to Ayokunle, the killings in Adamawa, Benue and Plateau in the last two years have been going unchecked and many are even unreported.
“This is sad; Nigeria has not become a lawless state. Are those hoodlums better equipped and more organised than our security agencies? Are the security operatives compromised? This is reprehensible,” he said.
“We ask the political class to stop politicising the orgy of killings; governments should sanction those responsible for this horrifying bloodshed.”
The president of CAN called for “a total overhauling of our security agencies with a view to replacing all the security chiefs”.
He further called for the implementation of all the white papers on ethno-religious uprisings in the country in the recent past.
Ayokunle also called for the immediate trial of those apprehended for the killings in Southern Kaduna two years ago, among others.
“Government should recover all the lands and villages illegally occupied by the hoodlums and criminals in the north central,” he added.
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