The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is requesting federal government’s meaningful intervention in the realm of hasty implementation of a death sentence handed dawn to five Christian youths in Adamawa over an allegation of culpable homicide against Fulani headsmen.
Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of the state’s High Court recently sentenced Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi to death for culpable homicide.
The youths, on June 1, 2017, allegedly attacked three herdsmen, killed one of them, Adamu Buba, threw his corpse into a river, and maimed several cows.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, noted that while the umbrella Christian body does not support jungle justice or criminality, it regrets how hundreds of its members in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Enugu States and others have been killed and are still being killed daily by yet-to-be apprehended criminals parading as Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement made available to urban express news online, Ayokunle said: “Citizens stood helplessly at the massacre of their peaceful fellow Nigerians and the international community watched in anguish how government’s security agencies could not bring the perpetrators of these heinous killings to book.”
CAN is shocked at the speed of light deployed by security and judicial officers in sentencing the alleged killers, he said.
“Why did the court discharge the alleged killers of Madam Bridget Agbahime on the orders of the Kano State government? Why have security officials not arrested those behind the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna, while those arrested for the murder of Mrs. Eunice Elisha Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja, have been set free by the Nigeria Police?” Ayokunle asked.
He added that the association has asked its legal team to study the text of the judgment with a view to preventing a miscarriage of justice and a future recurrence.