…As ‘Abducted’ Auchi Poly staff, found dead on his farm***
The Muslim Rights Concern has condemned the abduction and conversion to Christianity of nine children from Kano, urging the Police to quickly prosecute the suspects, just as a staff of Auchi Polytechnic, Mr. Samuel Okolie, earlier reported as kidnapped by gunmen on October 9 was found dead on his farm.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Monday, charged parents to be security conscious and for Muslims not to allow the incident to generate animosity between them and their Christian neighbours.
According to him, the nine children were rescued by the police on October 11 from Anambra State where they were taken and allegedly sold as slaves.
“The children were abducted in Kano and taken to Onitsha in Anambra State.
“Kidnappers have taken over the house of God. The phenomenon of kidnapping for Christ has now rented the air. We are shocked to our marrows.
“It is such a big shame that some Christian fanatics will live among us only for the purpose of abducting our children, converting them to Christianity and selling them into slavery,” he said.
The director who said that not all christians were involved in the criminal behavior, urged Muslims faithful not to allow the incident generate animosity with their Christian neighbours.
“We therefore appeal to Muslims throughout the federation to dispassionately separate the wheat from the chaff.
“This Kano 9 incident should not be allowed to generate animosity between them and their Christian neighbours.
“Nonetheless, Muslim parents should be security conscious particularly around their children.
“Mallams in charge of Islamiyyah schools and madrasahs all over Nigeria are urged to do head-counting before the commencement of classes and immediately after.
“Muslim children should be given security tips. For instance, movement in groups should be encouraged while residents should heighten their vigilance.
“We appeal to the security agencies to provide adequate security around Islamiyyah schools and protect Muslim children from Christian abductors. The Kano 9 culprits must face the full wrath of the law,” Akintola said.
Meanwhile, a staff of Auchi Polytechnic, Mr Samuel Okolie, who was said to have been abducted by gunmen on Oct. 9 has been found dead.
Okolie was found dead on his farm at Aviele community, near Auchi in the Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo early on Sunday.
Okolie’s death occurred barley two weeks after another staff of the polytechnic, Dr S. Okhikhena, described as Okolie’s close friend was similarly murdered.
Okolie was said to have been abducted on his way to his farm after close of work to pick people working for him.
His mutilated body was dumped close to a truck he was said to be driving when he was abducted by the gunmen.
But the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said that Okolie was not abducted.
Mohammed said the death was “probably a case of suicide as parts of the deceased’s body was bathed with acid.
“It is probably a case of suicide because nothing was taken away from him and also from his vehicle.
“You know the rate of suicide is very high and his own cannot be an exception.”
The commissioner said, however, that investigation would be carried out by the command to ascertain what led to Okolie’s death.