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CAN calls for arrest, prosecution of persons behind killing of 2 clerics

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA— Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, urged Nigeria Police Force to fish out, arrest and prosecute the gunmen behind the killing of two clerics in Abuja and Kaduna last weekend.

The two clergymen, Rev. Fr Michael Akawu of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese and Rev. Hosea Akuchi of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Kaduna, were killed in separate attacks by yet-to-be identified persons.

CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, made the appeal in a statement commiserating with the leaderships of the Roman Catholic Church and the Nigerian Baptist Convention over the demise of the two clergymen.

The apex Christian body in Nigeria, while praying for God to comfort and console the church over the loss of the two men, described the security situation in the country as “reprehensible, unacceptable and condemnable.”

It also called on security agencies to be more pro-active and invest more on intelligence gathering, with a view to preventing a recurrence of the dastardly acts.

The statement read:  “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, commiserates with the leaderships of the Roman Catholic Church and Nigerian Baptist Convention over the demise of two of their clerics who were killed by some unknown gunmen in Abuja and Kaduna State.

“We call on the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies to do whatever it takes to bring the culprits to book and rescue the widow of the late Rev Akuchi as soon as practicable.

“We once again call on our security agencies to be more pro-active and invest more on intelligence gathering with a view to preventing many of these crimes that are being committed before their watches undetected.

“CAN also notes with pains and disappointment the state of insecurity in the country. Nowhere is safe and secured, as terrorists, rampaging Fulani herdsmen, killer bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other hoodlums are operating unchecked while our security agencies are seemed busy with elections, forgetting that leaders are elected to rule over the living.

“Nigeria’s security situation is reprehensible, unacceptable and condemnable. We once again call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the security system of the country.

“Let there be a visible improvement in our security system, as the governed are not satisfied with their performances in ensuring security of lives and property.”

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