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Jos: Police await AG’s order to try 164 suspects

By Kingsley Omonobi & Chinyere Amalu
The Police, weekend, in Abuja said 41 of the 164 persons arrested for the March 7 attacks on Dogo Nahawa village by Fulani herdsmen in Jos South Local Government Area which left no fewer than 121 people including women and children dead, are to be charged with terrorism and culpable homicide punishable by death.

According to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu, the case files of 41 to be prosecuted for culpable homicide and terrorism and the 121 to be prosecuted for multiple offences including unlawful possession of firearms and arson have been forwarded to the Federal Attorney-General for action.

The statement reads, “In its resolve to deal decisively with perpetrators of violence in the nation, the Nigeria Police has concluded investigation into the mass killings in Dogo Nahawa, Rasat and Jeji villages in Jos South LGA of Plateau State , which occurred on March 7, 2010.

“A total of 164 persons were arrested, detained and thoroughly interrogated, as to their involvement in the sad incidents of terrorism, murder and arson.

“The cases files have been forwarded to the Federal Attorney-General for prosecution in the Federal High Court; 41 of the suspects are to be charged with terrorism and culpable homicide punishable with death, while 121 are to be charged with multiple offences of unlawful possession of firearms, rioting and mischief by fire and causing grievous hurt. Two of the suspects are to be used as prosecution witnesses,” it added.

The statement recalled that 213 accused persons were charged to court for various offences connected with the disturbances of January 17, 2010 and are on remand in various prisons.

Anglican Primate warns govt

Meantime, the Primate-elect of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, has warned the Federal Government and all stakeholders to end what he described as “vicious cycle of bloodletting” in Jos and other parts of the country.

According to the cleric, finding the solution to the recurring religious crisis in the country is for the best interest of the nation.

Speaking at the third meeting of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, and the chairmen and secretaries of states’ Christian Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards in Abuja, the primate-elect said what bothered him was not only that people are killed in the crises but, “the incidence has been a terrible distraction for national development.”

The Archbishop, who is also the chairman of NCPC, warned, “if money budgeted for development was used for rebuilding towns destroyed during the violence, then the country would continue to go through this cycle.

“The nation is going through some stark reality, the poor health of the President, ethnic/inter-faith crisis, unrest in the Niger Delta and inadequate infrastructure. Christians in this country must pray and take some definite action.

“We are not just people that organise pilgrimage and go and sleep. We have some responsibility over what happens in our society. It is not just to organise a trip for the people. I want to appeal to our Muslim brothers that we have to go deeper in our thinking that bloodletting must stop,” he added.


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