Muslim rights groups demand justice for attacks in Osun


Call on CP to prosecute attackers

Islamic human rights organisations have condemned the attack unleashed by masquerade worshippers on members of Qamaruden Society of Nigeria, which claimed the life of one of the leaders of the group, Alhaji Salawudeen Moshood while several others, including children, sustained injuries.

“An elderly man, Salahudeen, was killed while 14 other Muslims sustained gunshot and cutlass-inflicted injuries on Sunday, 26th June 2021 when masquerade (egungun) worshippers of the traditional religion attacked members of the Qamar ul-Islam Society who were holding a programme in front of their mosque at Oluode Aranyin, Ita Olookan area of Oshogbo, Osun State.”

The groups described the killing as dastardly and called on the Commissioner of Police, Osun Police Command to fish out the killer and his accomplices.

The Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement demanding for justice, urged the Commissioner of Police Osun State to order the arrest of the main culprit, Kayode Esuleke and his co-perpetrators.

“We are stupefied by this horrendous crime. It is a dastardly act. It is brutish, fiendish and barbaric. Egungun worshippers killed an elderly Muslim and wounded 14 others in Osogbo on Sunday, 26th June 2021. The Muslims were holding a programme in front of their mosque, the Qamarudeen Central Mosque, which is situated at Oluode Aranyin, Ita Olookan area of Osogbo, Osun State when the masquerade worshippers came from nowhere and started attacking them.

“Children were among those who sustained gunshot wounds and other injuries. The deceased was the Baba Adinni of the organisation, Alhaji Moshood Salahudeen. He came all the way from Iwo to attend the programme. He was alleged to have been killed by one of the attackers, Kayode Esuleke.”

Also, Coalition of Muslim Rights Activists of Nigeria (CONRAN), Mallam Abdulganiy Sahid Olaide, condemned the attack in strong terms, saying: “There is no gainsaying that the attack was premeditated, well planned and clinically executed. That’s why there is no record of a single casualty on the path of the masquerade worshippers.

“This isn’t the first time the group would be attacked by these same masquerade worshippers. It happened in 2014, 2018, and now 2021. This time, we will not let it go like the previous incidents. We will push for the matter to be investigated and prosecuted to a logical conclusion.

“ We, therefore, call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Chief Kayode Idowu Esuleke and others that participated in the gruesome murder of Alhaji Moshood Salaudeen,” he added.

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