Transfer case of 50 children found in Ondo Church in Abuja, MURIC urges IGP

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the discovery of more than 50 children who were allegedly found by Nigerian police in the basement of a church in the Valentino neighborhood of the town of Ondo in the State of Ondo.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba to transfer the case to Abuja to avoid any cover-up.

“Such a chilling discovery is not expected inside a place of worship. But before Nigerians start making judgments, we advise Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba to Intervene quickly.The case should be transferred to Abuja immediately to avoid local interference from influential people.

“It is in the interest of the general public. Nigerians may never know the truth of this matter as long as the matter lingers long at Ondo Police Command. The identity of all children is of immense importance. Vested interests can hamper investigations if arrested children and suspects stay in Ondo,” Akintola said.

He commended the police for the breakthrough, which he said adds another feather to the cap of the Nigerian Police, especially the Ondo State Police Command.

He said, “We remind Nigerians that this is one of the reasons we need our hardworking police officers and another good reason to cooperate with them and treat them with respect. This feat confirms our belief that the Nigerian Police is one of the best in the world if it has all the necessary equipment.

“This case may be the open sesame of several unexplained cases of child abductions and strange disappearances of children in various parts of the country.

“Nigerians are waiting impatiently. The IG must not disappoint worried parents who have wallowed for so long in deep anguish over the loss of their children. The ball is in IG Usman Alkali’s court.

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