OWO ATTACK: MURIC seeking compensation for Fulani

OWO ATTACK: MURIC seeking compensation for Fulani
OWO ATTACK: MURIC seeking compensation for Fulani

An Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), demanded reparations on Thursday for Fulani victims of reprisals stemming from the attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.

Some Fulani in the area reportedly faced retaliation attacks after the initial attack, according to Daily Trust.

The Nigerian Army, however, reported on Tuesday that they had apprehended the perpetrators of the attacks, identifying one of them as an Ebira from Okene, Kogi State.

The director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, released a statement yesterday calling on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to pay the Fulani victims.

Those who have suffered property loss should receive restitution. The statement also called for aid to be given to the families of those who had been killed. The MURIC also urged the Nigerian people to exercise caution, writing, “to avoid jumping to conclusions and, most importantly, to stop ethnic profiling and premature judgement.”

Criminals can be found among any people group, just as good people can be found in any culture. There are no criminals in tribes. It is people,” the statement added.

The group also expressed gratitude to the security services for identifying the perpetrators of the attack on the church.

Sarkin Hausawa of Owo Alhaji Nurudeen Ibrahim told Daily Trust that the arrest proved the innocence of the Hausa and Fulani people.

However, he did mention that the South West Security Network, also known as Amotekun, was still holding some Fulani in connection with the incident.

He appealed to the administration, saying, “I want to take this opportunity to tell you that several Fulani people have been imprisoned in connection with the incident. Once the guilty parties have been identified, they can be released.

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