Owo Church attack: South West Muslims call for State, Local Govt Police to tackle insecurity

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 Following last Sunday attack on Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo, in which many worshippers were killed, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) has called for the establishment of State and Local Government Police.

MUSWEN made the call on Tuesday in a press statement signed by its Media Consultant, Alhaji Femi Abbas. 

Other demands made by the umbrella association of Muslims in the South West are:
1.	Restoration of effective death penalty for hardened criminals in our judicial system.
2.	Enacting an effective law with which to criminalize the carriage and wielding of guns or any other dangerous weapon in public without adequately authoritative licensing.  
3.	Regulating and controlling the freedom of Nigerian uniformed security personnel in using weapons, unnecessarily, in civil areas of the society.
4.	Criminalizing illicit films, on the social media, to wean up growing kids and lasses from the ladle of satanic machinations. 
5.	Re-orientating the so-called Human Rights activists who, invariably, operate with the tendency to protect criminals rather than innocent citizens.


The statement added that "While MUSWEN is fervently convinced that no amount of condolences can bring the massacred people back to life, it nevertheless, prays for the repose of the souls of those murdered callously in the tragedy, as much as it prays for Allah’s adequate fortitude to enable their relatives continue to cope with life after their demise."
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ONDO STATE MASSACRE:

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The Nigerian media waves, nationally and internationally, throbbed, once again, last Sunday, with the news of another gory massacre of an indelible dimension, in Owo, Ondo State.

The satanic incident, which reportedly claimed scores of innocent lives, was said to have happened at ST. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, at a time when the Church was full to its brim for Sunday spiritual service.

The bizarre occurrence, according to media reports, as well as some eye witnesses, who survived it, could only be likened to a sudden wave of proverbial typhoon, mowing down all living and non-living things within the vicinity of the bombarded Church and ravaging the lives of innocent worshippers therein in cold blood.

Signaling a new climax of tragedy in Nigeria, that demonic incident was beyond mere lamentations, condemnations or commiseration, as it was one tragedy too agonizing to bear.

In a situation where a country combines the incidents of banditry with those of terrorism, and still keeps recording mass murder of innocent citizens, incessantly, by terrorists and bandits, a new strategy for putting a final end to it must be urgently adopted.

No one is empowered to audaciously terminate the life or lives of other citizens without paying maximally for it.

Nigerians had experienced similar occurrences in many of her Regions and States with little or no effective reactions that could put a final stop to it.

Understanding what human lives mean to the Supreme Creator, and, knowing the implications of terminating those lives criminally and escaping any commensurate penalty, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), under the able leadership of its President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, FCS, considers any mere expression of sorrow and sympathy as sheer meaningless pity without bringing the perpetrators to book.

Thus, in this kind of demonic situation, MUSWEN calls on the Federal Government of Nigeria to, immediately, adopt the following steps for the purpose of solid security in the land:

  1. Restoration of effective death penalty for hardened criminals in our judicial system.
  2. Enacting an effective law with which to criminalize the carriage and wielding of guns or any other dangerous weapon in public without adequately authoritative licensing. 
  3. Regulating and controlling the freedom of Nigerian uniformed security personnel in using weapons, unnecessarily, in civil areas of the society.
  4. Criminalizing illicit films, on the social media, to wean up growing kids and lasses from the ladle of satanic machinations.
  5. Re-orientating the so-called Human Rights activists who, invariably, operate with the tendency to protect criminals rather than innocent citizens.
  6. Establishment of State and Local Government Police for the purpose of maintaining law and order as well as that of settling rural crises which are capable of   engendering societal disturbances.   

If all these are genuinely and effectively backed up with enforceable laws, the rate of crimes in Nigeria will surely be reduced to the barest minimum.

While MUSWEN is fervently convinced that no amount of condolences can bring the massacred people back to life, it nevertheless, prays for the repose of the souls of those murdered callously in the tragedy, as much as it prays for Allah’s adequate fortitude to enable their relatives continue to cope with life after their demise.

Finally, MUSWEN calls on all religious bodies to specifically pray for a formidable protection for our country and her citizens against the crushing claws of Satanic forces.

God save and bless Nigeria as well as Nigerians. Amen.

Femi Abbas

MUSWEN’S Media Consultant 

6th June, 2022 

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