Following allegations from different quarters as to the mastermind behind the attacks that occurred along Taiwo Isale In Kwara State, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria on has alleged that more Muslims were killed.
Earlier this week the Kwara State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, stated at a media briefing by its chairman, Prof. Timothy Opoola, that Muslim faithful were responsible for the attacks and the raping of Christian girls.
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He added that the attackers seized the opportunity of the New Year celebration to wreck havoc on peace-loving worshippers – both Muslims and Christians stating that “some youths, who were prevented from organising a New Year carnival, had about 2 am on Monday attacked worship centres, injuring people and destroying property.”
In his words, “While the Muslims, the Kwara State Police Command and the general public knew and spread the correct version of the incident, CAN, Kwara State branch has continued to spread falsehood aimed at attracting sympathy for its members who were less affected compared to members of Quareeb Islamic Association.”
“We commend the Kwara State Police Command for swinging into action immediately to curb the activities of the hoodlums.”
“The police that came to the rescue of members of the Quareeb Islamic Association that were similarly affected have the details of the incident in which several members of the Quareeb group were injured when the hoodlums threw some explosive devices at them during their midnight Tahajud prayers.”
“It is on this basis that we call on religious leaders to stop fanning embers of religious hatred, disunity and confusion as exhibited by Kwara State CAN. What happened was an insult and assault to both religious groups.”
“The responsible action that should have been taken was for both CAN and Quareeb leaders to jointly address a press conference to condemn the mayhem, commend the police and call on the government to firm-up arrangements of tight security during all festivals to protect innocent worshippers from irresponsible elements and miscreants.”
According to him, “the area that the incident occurred (Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin) was a place both indigenes and non-indigenes had been co-habiting peacefully with about five churches and several mosques.”
“No attack on Christians had been witnessed there despite the place being in the heart of the Islamic City of Ilorin,” he added.
He called on the police to prosecute those arrested, adding that the trial must be speedily concluded and the guilty punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
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