Y SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
There have been more negative reactions to the reported escape from Police custody, of the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of St.
Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla in Niger State where over 45 innocent worshippers were killed as the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) registered its displeasure through a petition to President Goodluck Jonathan saying the escape story is “unacceptable to us and offends the sensibilities of right thinking Nigerians irrespective of religion or tribe.”
A petition signed by the national president, Patriot Simon A.S Dolly, and his secretary, Solomon Omaivboje, copies of which were also sent to principal officers of the National Assembly, the National Security Adviser and the attorney-general of the Federation, demanded “the immediate re-arrest of the suspect, Mallam Kabiru Sokoto to face proper investigation and prosecution; the total overhaul of the entire Nigeria Police Force to give it a new sense of direction and to win back public confidence.
“Specifically, we demand the immediate resignation and/or dismissal of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim,” the group said.
We demand outright dismissal and prosecution of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zakari Biu and all those involved in this criminal conspiracy.
“The souls of the Christian men, women and children killed at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State are crying out for justice, and you have promised that you will bring all the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to book. Mr. President Sir, the time to act on your promise is now!”, the statement added.
The group also gave a 72-hour deadline to the nation’s security agencies in the country to produce the said Mallam Kabiru Sokoto or face the full weight of the laws of the land saying “we shall mobilize all Christian youths across the country to embark on a peaceful mass protest to register our displeasure over this matter.”