CAN Laments Alleged Release of Killers of 74-year-old Christian Woman
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday, lamented the release of suspects involved in the gruesome killing of Mrs Bridget Agbahime in Kano State in June, describing it as "provocative and insulting."
CAN Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Barr Kwamkur Samuel, said the association was "deeply saddened by the news of the release without trial of the five suspects accused of killing a 74 year old Christian woman in Kano, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, who was murdered sometime in June, 2016.
"This is a highly provocative and insultive act on our collective sensitivities as a democratic nation if the newspapers reports are correct.
"The association condemns the continuous act of killing of innocent Nigerians under the pretence of blasphemy and considers the willful absence of justice for victims of these mindless killings in Nigeria by the relevant authorities as a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation, the umbrella body of all Christian associations in Nigeria further stated.
Continuing, CAN noted that "the now-familiar tradition of avoidance to arrest or properly investigate and prosecute cases involving the deliberate killing of innocent Nigerians is evidence of a scripted plan to operate another nation within the Nigerian state and to deny justice to those who truly deserve justice," adding that, "the cardinal responsibility of Government to protect the lives and property of the citizens is sacrosanct and must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious convenience.
"As it stands today, there is no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretence of blasphemy in Nigeria despite the number of victims and incontrovertible facts showing that those killings were done in daylight and mostly by persons who live within the communities where these heinous crimes were committed.
"The association calls on the Kano State Government and the Inspector General of Police to execute justice on behalf of the blood calling out for it.
"The act of condoning crass criminality in the name of blasphemy deserves greater attention and broader treatment in this era of transforming the mindset of the citizens to work toward progressive change.
"CAN deeply sympathizes with the family of the Kano victim over the rather very sad outcome of the case and assures that the pursuit of justice is a noble task of all well-meaning citizens working together toward a more decent and better society.
"As the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, we will not relent in our effort to ensure that justice is served on the religiously intolerant and to ensure that all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their faith, social status and where they come from," Samuel stressed.
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