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MURIC links #EndSARS protesters, politicians to Owerri jailbreak

“The arrest, trial, and conviction of those prisoners were as a result of strenuous efforts and investigations.”

• April 8, 2021
Ishaq Akintola
Professor Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says Nigerians should blame anarchists and bad losers among politicians for the current wave of insecurity in Nigeria, linking it to last year’s #EndSARS protests.

“The real active sabotage of government’s efforts at solving the security challenge was seen during the last #EndSARS protests,” said Ishaq Akintola, MURIC’S director, in a statement on Thursday. “The release of prisoners, the burning of police stations, and the carting away of police guns were all symptomatic of a deliberate attempt to render the security apparatus impotent as well as a determination to unleash anarchy.

He added, “Nonetheless, the recent terrorist attack on Imo state police command headquarters speaks volumes regarding the determination of anarchists to ensure that we continue to have security challenges.

“The simultaneous attack on Owerri prison during which about 1,844 prisoners were released further confirms the diabolical objectives of the anarchists.

“It is unfortunate that many Nigerians are not prepared to say the truth concerning who is actually responsible for the current spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, and insurgency.”

Claiming that some Nigerians know who to blame, but fear will not allow them to speak up, MURIC noted, “Bad losers among the politicians are also hell-bent on ensuring that the present administration fails in all aspects of governance.”

Mr Akintola, who assumed all the inmates were convicts, claimed further, “The arrest, trial, and conviction of those prisoners were as a result of strenuous efforts and investigations.

“It is only enemies of the society who can send dangerous criminals who had been incarcerated back to the society without allowing them to serve their jail terms, learn their lessons, and repent.”

In his opinion, Nigerians should not blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the economic and security woes besetting the country.

“How then can we, in good conscience, blame federal government or Buhari for the rising wave of insecurity when we are the same people destroying security facilities and setting criminals free.

“The panacea lies in the good citizens of this country coming together to expose enemies of peace. Nobody should think that another leader has the magic hand,” he said.

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