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CAN condemns Jos killings

By Sam Eyoboka

PRESIDENT of Chris tian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday condemned last weekend’s killing of eight persons in a fresh violence in Mazzah Village, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State by yet to be identified assailants.

He said he would work with the President of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto to rid the nation of religious violence.

He also called on the erstwhile military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), to jettison his current ambition to contest next year’s presidential elections, saying that the nation’s current politicians would benefit from his wealth of experience if he remains a statesman who will advise younger politicians.

Oritsejafor declined support for recent calls for government to extend the amnesty window for kidnappers in the country, stressing that kidnapping is a high level crime that deserves commensurate punishment.

He called on all those who have not been caught to repent now.

He said: “It is a high level criminal offence. It is wrong. Look at what happened to your colleagues that have just been released. How do you kidnap people for money.

“Sometimes a 3-year old child, sometimes a 90-year old great grand mother?”.

He urged the government to get the roots of the problem by providing jobs for the teeming population.

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