Ekpenyong declared this during the candlelight service held at the SSS headquarters in Abuja in honor of the 10 SSS operatives killed during the attack.
“To those who could kill the body, note that you have made your community an ignoble sepulcher of innocent law enforcement agents, and that even though our spirits and will are cast in iron, yet we have forgiven you. We have obediently handed all of you over to the Almighty God since he taught us that vengeance is mine,” the SSS chief said.
He said security personnel were sent to after followers of the cult because they forcefully initiated people irrespective of religion but regretted that the operation led to the death of 46 policemen and 10 operatives of the SSS.
But smarting from the loss of the men in the attack, pioneer Director General of the National Security Organization (NSO) which later gave birth to the SSS, General Abdullahi Mohammed said the killers shouldn’t be pardoned but rather the religion should be wiped away.
“I wonder why the religion’s shrine was not leveled by now. Some people said they have forgiven the killers. We shall not forgive them, they must face justice hear or in the hereafter,” he said.
In the same vein, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) – Osita Chidoka, said the killers of the security personnel should be traced sooner or later and be prosecuted.
“They should face justice because it is through justice you get peace,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by his chief of staff Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, said he was grieved by the sad news of the death of the operatives and gave assurance of government’s determination to ensure that this wave of criminality was stamped out of the country.
The candlelight service was attended by National Security Adviser, Mohammed Sambo Dasuki; Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide; Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim; Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osita Chidoka; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commandant General, Dr. Ade Abolurin; as well as former security chiefs and religious leaders.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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