CAN President, Rev Sam Supo Ayokunle

CAN Cautions FG Against Execution Of 5 Christians Sentenced To Death

…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

Adamawa state.


“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?


“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.