This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Monday, December 19, 2016
MURIC COMMENDS POLICE, SSS FOR RESCUE OF ROBBERY VICTIMS
19th December, 2016
MURIC COMMENDS POLICE, SSS FOR RESCUE
OF ROBBERY VICTIMS
About ten heavily
armed daredevil hoodlums in army uniform attacked passengers of a Lagos-bound luxurious
bus after midnight on Saturday 17th December, 2016. The incident
occurred after the bus left Lokoja, just between Ikenne and Ondo.
For refusing to stop
when ordered to do so, the armed robbers shot and killed the driver, leaving
the bus to drift for some seconds before the second driver managed to bring it
to a halt inside the bush. The passengers then fled into the bush and hid
themselves. Thereafter the robbers ransacked the luxurious bus, stealing cash
and other valuable properties.
One of the passengers,
a female youth corper, sent out an SOS message which both the State Security
Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police used to trace her location in the bush.
The corper and the remaining passengers were rescued alive. They have since
arrived in Lagos.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends both the SSS and
the police for this brilliantly executed rescue operation. The speed at which
the victims were located is highly appreciated. We salute the police for their
boldness and for risking their lives to save innocent citizens. In particular, we
single out the Abuja Commissioner of Police who alerted the Kogi Police
Command. The role of the Ondo command was also crucial to the rescue.
We advise Nigerians to
hearken to police warnings. Those warnings are professional and well-informed.
They are capable of saving our lives and properties. For example, police
usually warns against night travels but how many people heed this warning? The ugly
incident we described above could have been avoided if police warning had been
taken into consideration.
In like manner, MURIC
calls on Nigerians to willingly and readily give information to the police and
other security agencies. Crime cannot be totally eliminated or reduced in any
society if citizens treat their security agents like lepers. We understand why
people are reluctant to cooperate with the police but we must also remember
that all segments of our society are guilty of the same allegations often made
against the security agencies. What we all need is a change of mindset. We must
be ready to cooperate with the police.
We call on the Federal
Government to step up equipment procurement for the security agencies, increase
their allowances and introduce other motivations in order to enhance greater
We advise youth corpers to avoid constant trips, afterall
it is just for one year. They should remain in their places of primary
assignment except during emergencies. Parents should discourage their corper
sons and daughters from leaving their stations until the end of their service
As we round up, we invite
civil society, public analysts, critics and activists to broaden their minds. Positive
activism cannot rest on hostile comments all the time. It demands the ability
to appreciate the good actions of authorities once in a while, not just
criticisms ad infinitum. Constant and subjective criticism kills incentive
and ignites endless frustration. We may criticize authorities but we must also
be objective by showing appreciation for good performance from time to time.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)