…In Adamawa for attack on Fulani herdsmen
The President Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence,
Rev. Sam Supo Ayokunle has called on the Federal Government to caution
the Adamawa State government against hasty implementation of the death
sentence passed on five Christian youths.
The CAN president gave the caution in a statement signed by Pastor
Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media &Communications to the CAN
President on Tuesday in Abuja.
Oladeji said the five convicts were said to have allegedly on June 1,
2017, at Kadamun village in Demsa Local Government Area ‘willfully and
intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle,
killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river
and also maimed several cows.
According to him, Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of a High Court in
Adamawa State recently sentenced Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy
Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi to death for culpable homicide.
He said CAN is not supporting jungle justice or any criminality, but
noted with regret how hundreds of our members in Southern Kaduna,
Benue, Taraba, Plateau states in the North-central geo-political
zones, and a state like Enugu in the South, have been killed and are
still being killed on a daily basis by some criminals parading
themselves as Fulani herdsmen, but are yet to be apprehended.
According to the media head, citizens stood helpless at the massacre
of their peaceful fellow Nigerians, the international community
watched in anguish how government security agencies could not bring
perpetrators of these heinous killings to book.
He recalled with sadness how President Donald Trump had expressed
sadness over killings of Christians in Nigeria and even told President
Muhammadu Buhari when he recently visited the White House in
Washington DC that the United States of America would no longer
tolerate a situation where Christians were being killed with impunity.
He, however said despite the outrage that has trailed the killings of
Christians in Nigeria, it was disheartened that none of the killers
has been brought to justice.
“We are shocked at the speed of light deployed by security and
judicial officers in sentencing the alleged killers of the herdsman in
“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
“In view of this, CAN is calling on President Buhari to intervene in
the death sentence passed on these Christian youths in Adamawa,” he
Oladeji said CAN have called on its legal team to secure and study the
text of the judgment with a view to preventing a miscarriage of
justice and a future re-occurrence.
In a related development, he said CAN was visibly disturbed at reports
that the federal government has allegedly directed the Nigerian Army
and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who
recently underwent deradicalisation programme.
“If it is true, CAN condemns such a policy in strong terms and ask the
federal government, especially security agencies, to withdraw such
directive which is capable of compromising the nation’s security
system,” he said.