The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has condemned the killing of a group of Muslims in Rukuba, Jos north LGA, Plateau state.
They were returning from Bauchi to Akure, Ondo State, via Plateau, when they were ambushed and killed.
In a statement, the council, while affirming the statements of the Governors of Plateau and Ondo States that it was a case of mistaken identity and not particularly intended for the victims, admonished against jungle justice.
The council re-emphasized that no human life deserved to be ‘wasted’ on any ground be it religious or ethnic, adding that it was monitoring the investigation and would ensure justice was served.
The statement said while efforts are on to locate the eight missing Muslims, it urged security agencies to fish out all perpetrators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the violence and demanded for swift justice.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ahmed Idris Wase expressed shock and sadness over the attack, saying the cause must be investigated with perpetrators brought to book.
He commended the quick response of security agents, where many other people were rescued from the violence.
Minister for women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, also an indigene of Plateau state, condemned in strong terms the deteriorating security situation in Jos north LGA. She prayed for healing and recovery for all those who had sustained injuries or lost loved ones
Hamza Alkali with additional reporting by Ibrahim Shehu.