The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called upon the House of Representatives Committee on Army to investigate the alleged killing of 11 Fulani men in Kaduna State. The Fulani community of Tulde Fulbe, Ladduga Grazing Reserve in Kachia Local Government Area, accuses the Nigerian Army of executing the men after their arrest,Daily Trust report.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, MURIC Executive Director Prof. Ishaq Akintola insisted on a thorough investigation into the reported extrajudicial killings. Akintola pointed out that the identification of the bodies by relatives and community members supports the claim of soldiers arresting and subsequently killing the Fulani individuals at different times.
The victims were named as Safiyanu Adamu, Abdulkadir Idris, Akilu Abdullahi, Ibrahim Abubakar, Magaji Umar, Said Saleh, Abdulaziz Yusuf, Ibrahim Sani, Musa Dan Asabe, Nura Yusuf, and Nuru Magaji.
MURIC vehemently condemned the profiling of the Fulani in specific regions, denouncing the targeted killing as reflective of racial cleansing, unjust stigmatization, and tribal bigotry. Akintola emphasized that the extrajudicial killing of Fulanis violates their fundamental human rights to life and freedom of movement, as enshrined in Section 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Citing Article 14 Section 2(b) of the constitution, which prioritizes the security and welfare of the people, Akintola urged the federal government to protect the Fulani community, considering them an endangered species nationwide.
The MURIC director called on the House of Representatives Committee on the Army to intervene in the recent killing, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation and the prosecution of those responsible. He also urged lawmakers from Kaduna State to address the issue and ensure justice for the 11 Fulani victims from the Tulde Fulbe community.