Owo Church Attack: Kogi Community Petitions NHRC, Claims Suspects are Innocent

Owo Church Attack: Kogi Community Petitions NHRC, Claims Suspects are Innocent
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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has been petitioned by the Eika Solidarity Forum in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State against the arrest and indictment of some of its members in connection with the June 5th Owo Church Attack in Ondo State.

 

The group defended the reputations of the suspects, whom they maintained were innocent, in a letter of petition addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC and entitled “Petition on Gross Violations of Human Rights and Imprisonment of Abubakar Otuhuo Momoh and Three Others by Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.”

 

“The appeal titled, is in respect of Abubakar Otuhuo Momoh, who is a community leader, trained laboratory technician and the proprietor of the Jamaatul Muslimeen Academy, Eika

“He was arrested alongside two of his JSS 2 students, Aliyu Yusuf and Ishaq Awal including Idris Malik, a trainee Nurse

”Sir, we the Members of Eika Ohizenyi Solidarity Forum wish to appeal to your offices to intervene in the arrest and subsequent parading of four of our members for alleged involvement in the shooting at Owo Catholic Church, Ondo state.

“Although human beings could be unpredictable, we are convinced about the impeccable characters of Abubakar Otuhuo Momoh, a former Community leader, a trained Laboratory technician, proprietor, Jamaatul Muslimeen Academy Eika”, the Forum stated

The petition claims that Otuhuo Momoh was detained in his residence on August 1st, 2022, along with two SS2 students from his school, Masters Aliyu Yusuf and Ishaq Awwal, a trainee nurse, and Idris Abdulmalik.

”In as much as we may not want to preempt the security agencies on how to do their job, we believe that they were hasty in arriving at the conclusion.

“We have known them for many years in the community without a trace of criminal tendencies, hence, we were shocked to see them being paraded for a grievous crime of shooting worshippers in a hallowed Catholic Church in Owo Ondo state.

“Although, the Security Agencies said the investigation is ongoing, we charge them to be discreet and above board to avoid the innocent being punished for the offence they did not commit.

”We believe that they should be treated as innocent until proved otherwise by the competent Court of Law.

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“However, we urge your good offices to ensure that their Fundamental Human Rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, Chapter 2 and Chapter 4 is guaranteed. We count on your prompt action please.”

Recall that the perpetrators responsible for the tragic attack on a Catholic church in Owo were apprehended in Kogi state, according to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.

Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, according to the Army Chief, was behind the terrorist attacks on the Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo and a police station in Kogi State that resulted in the death of a police officer.

He identified himself as Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza while speaking at the chief of defence staff’s discussion with editors and media executives in Abuja.

“Omeiza is one of the masterminds of the 5th June attack of the Catholic Church in Owo as well as the attack on a police station in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State that led to the killing of a policeman as well as weapons carted away,” he disclosed.

On August 1, 2022, in Eika Okehi Kogi State, he was taken into custody as part of an operation with other security agencies.

Idris Ojo, 32, who the CDS characterized as “one of the high profile ISWAP terrorist that fled from Kuje,” was also detained on August 7 in Aiyetoro C in Ondo State.

“Idris Ojo wasn’t done with his previous activities but was planning other deadly attacks along with his cronies before his arrest,” General Irabor said.

He added that Momoh Ojo Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa, and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi are other terrorists who have been detained.

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