The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has alleged that 300 Christians have been massacred in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State, since the beginning of the year to July 20, by marauding jihadists who camouflage as herdsmen.
It called on the Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to urgently draft special police detachments to Southern Kaduna, to stop the ongoing massacre of Christians by suspected Islamic jihadists in the state.
This was made known in a letter written to the IGP, dated July 22, 2020.
In the letter signed by the group’s four principal officers: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman; Damaris Amaka Onuoha, Head of Campaign & Publicity; Uju Igboeli, Head of Civil Liberties and Rule of Law and Ndidiamaka Bernard, the head of International Justice and Human Rights, it also called on the IGP to secure and protect Nigerians without bias for any ethnic or religious group.
It also urged the IGP to detect and end the perceived raging culture of “conspiratorial fraternity”, or what it called “brothers at jihad” among the drafted security and law enforcement agencies in Kaduna.
The international society further called for the removal of Umar Musa Muri as commissioner of police in the state.
“Such special police detachments under our demand must particularly be dominated by secularly composed experienced and specially trained policing intelligence personnel or detectives from the Force Intelligence and Criminal Investigation (F-CID) as well as anti terrorism and special operations squads drawn from the High Command’s Department of Operations. Their composition must exclude the personnel of the Mobile Police (MPF) because they have become ‘a doyen of corruption and incompetence’ within the Nigeria Police Force”, the group said.
“It is also our call that the Kaduna State Police Command should totally be overhauled and secularly re-composed, which must include immediate removal and transfer of the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Musa Muri and total and secularly reorganization of the Operations and the intelligence or detective departments of the State Police Command.
“This is because there seems to be conspiratorial fraternity or brothers at jihad between non state actor perpetrators responsible for the ceaseless butcheries in the State and Muslimndominated state actor security chiefs and drafted field law enforcement personnel including military officers and their field combatants”.
On the killings of 200 people it referred to as “defenseless Christians” within the first 200 days of this year, it added that:
“Out of this figure, Adara Community and environs in Kajuru Local Government Area was visited with 152 Christian deaths while remaining parts of Southern Kaduna took 148 deaths. In the past twenty days or July 1 to July 20, 2020, Southern Kaduna has further lost 107, if not 139 Christian lives to Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen attacks or violence. That is to further say that the total Christian casualties from Jihadist Herdsmen killings across Nigeria including Southern Kaduna, Benue and Plateau States and Igbo Land in the past 200 days or 1st Jan to 20th July 2020 have risen to 926 deaths; out of which Southern Kaduna lost minimum of 300 and the rest of the country 626 killings or Christian deaths.”