The Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) has condemned the massacre of more than twenty Muslim faithful by a local militia in Jos, Plateau State on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
While condemning the attack in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Tajudeen Alabede, and Director of Public Affairs, Dr Abdul-Wasi B. Moshood, on Sunday August 15, 2021, the NDD stated that the attack was not an ordinary attack.
“This is not an ordinary crime. The barbaric attack by the militia did not happen during dark hours or in a dark corner,” the statement reads.
The group alleged that the victims must have been marked out because the murderous rage was well-planned by an organised group.
Quoting the statement of Ondo State government, NDD maintained that “All arguments about mistaken identity are grossly inaccurate and insensitive as the victims, almost a hundred in number, belong to an entirely different cultural group”.
“How would anyone be excused for the mass killing based on the alibi of mistaken identity? Even in event of a known identity, is it right for any citizen to be a victim of extra-judicial killing?” it added.
NDD therefore called on federal and state governments to put in place permanent, sustainable and efficient measures that will deepen national integration.
“We are disappointed that there is yet to be enacted a National Integration Framework that would foster reconciliation and make citizens feel safe and secure anywhere they may find themselves in Nigeria,” it stated.
Calling for the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime, NDD said, “Justice must be done within the quickest time possible and in a way that would send a strong message to other citizens. The vicious cycle of impunity must be broken”.