Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for swift justice for the killing of Shaykh Goni Aisami by two soldiers on Friday in the Nguru/Jajimaji area of Yobe state.
MURIC director Prof Ishaq Akintola described the killing as brutal, callous and cold-blooded in a statement Monday.
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Akintola said: “The most popular Islamic scholar in Gashua, Yobe State, Shaykh Goni Aisami, was killed on Friday, August 19, 2022 by a soldier claiming to be on duty and asking for a ride from Nguru to Jajimaji.
“While we commend the Yobe Police Squad for arresting the suspects, we call for swift justice in this matter. Killing is brutal, callous, and cold-blooded. The suspects must be charged in a competent court once the police have completed the investigation. We warn against any handkerchief.
“While our brave soldiers have had sleepless nights to allow Nigerians to sleep with their eyes closed, criminal elements among them have been robbing and killing innocent people.
“These two soldiers, Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon of 241 Recce Battalion Nguru, who have confessed to their crimes are bad examples and the law must have its due course.”
While calling for a full investigation into the crime, the MURIC boss said there could be other accomplices besides those arrested.
He said: “We are interested in how an off-duty soldier traveled from Nguru to Jajimaji with a rifle.
“Who gave him a ‘pass’ or was he on AWOL (Absence Without Official Leave)? Who gave him a rifle and for what purpose?
“We may be dealing with a criminal syndicate within the army barracks in Nguru or beyond. This case has raised more questions than answers and Nigerians are waiting for answers, especially from the Nigerian Army.”