Shariah council wants Lekwot, others executed over 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis

Shariah council wants Lekwot, others executed over 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis

- The Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria has spoken on the southern Kaduna crisis

- The group says for peace to reign, some southern Kaduna elders need to be executed

- The group called on the Buhari administration to execute the leaders indicted in 1992

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The Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria (SCSN) has said that the federal government’s failure to execute those sentenced to death for the 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis is responsible for the recurring crises in southern Kaduna.

Briefing newsmen on Thursday, August 13 in Kaduna, the secretary of SCSN, AbdurRahman Hassan, stated that those sentenced to death, but pardoned by the military administration of General Sani Abacha, should be executed in the current dispensation.

The group, therefore, called on the government to revisit the sentence, saying the only way for peace to reign in the country is for the indicted culprits to be executed.

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Shariah council wants Lekwot, others executed over 1992 Zangon Kataf crisis

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“We want those pardoned in 1992 during the Zango Kataf crisis to be executed now, because that is the only way peace will return to the area,” Hassan said.

Recall that on 15 May 1992 violence erupted between the mainly Moslem Hausa and mainly Christian Kataf communities of the Zangon-Kataf local government area in Kaduna state, with many deaths.

A tribunal set up by the Babangida government sentenced General Zamani Lekwot (ltd) and 16 others to death for alleged complicity in the killings.

It was said that his sentence was due to his feud with General Ibrahim Babangida as both fell out during the latter's successful coup.

But Lekwot and others were later granted state pardon by Abacha on his assumption of office.

In addressing the issues, recently, troops of Operation Safe Haven in southern Kaduna arrested some bandits and criminals suspected to be members of gangs disturbing the southern part of the state.

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The eight suspects were arrested at different locations with dangerous weapons in their possession.

Already, the Defence Headquarters has deployed more troops to communities in the area as part of efforts to address the incessant attacks and killings.

Military spokesman, General John Enenche, on Thursday, August 13, during the weekly press conference at the DHQ, Abuja.

Enenche, speaking on the measures to address the criminality in southern Kaduna and other parts of the country, said special forces on Operation Safe Haven were carrying out patrols at the various flashpoints in the communities

On their part, some clerics under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, have expressed sadness over the loss of lives and property in southern Kaduna.

The clerics noted that the killings have been persistent because the perpetrators had not been brought to justice.

They further stated that there won't be peace in the area if the federal and state governments fail to punish the perpetrators, even as they advised Catholics across the country to pray for an end to the killings.

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Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, Senator Uba Sani, recently urged leaders and elders in the southern part of Kaduna state to cooperate with the government to work for peace collectively.

The senator in a statement he issued on Friday, August 7, advised the leaders in the area to pull the brakes, move for a rapprochement with the state government and collectively work out strategies for frontal battle against bandits wreaking havoc on their communities and people.

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