Arrested 486 Muslims: CAN Blasts JNI Over Comments

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday, lashed out at the Ja’amatu Nasril Islam (JNI) over the body’s reaction to the arrest and detention by the army, of 486 northern Muslims suspected to be Boko Haram members by the army in Aba, Abia State.

The Christian body has therefore urged security agencies to disregard protests on the suspects and properly investigate the matter.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), had, on Wednesday, condemned the arrest, saying it was a crackdown on innocent Muslims and called for the immediate release of the suspects.

“Jolted by the arrest of 486 passengers near Aba, Abia State, by the Nigerian Army of the 144 Battalion, the JNI is very much worried and deeply concerned over this repeated crackdown on innocent Muslims in the name of Boko Haram,” said JNI’s Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu in a statement.

CAN however countered JNI’s demand in a statement signed by the National Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, condemning the claim by JNI that the arrested Muslims are innocent and that they were going about their normal businesses while one of the wanted terror suspects was allegedly found to be among them, saying the claim is hasty and preposterous. The statement asked JNI to hands off security matters.

“This bellicose attitude of the JNI each time matters of national security involving Muslims are being handled by security agencies on account of their misdeeds, and often keeps quiet while Christians are being killed and their churches are burnt or destroyed does not help”, the statement said.

“JNI claims that the suspects are Muslims who go about their lawful businesses in their own country. Yet, the JNI did not show us the portion of the constitution of Boko Haram that forbids traders from joining the terror group. Let the JNI tell us the livelihood of members of Boko Haram, since it seems to have very deep information about the characters, constituents and operational limit of Boko Haram.

“We condemn this bellicose attitude of the JNI each time matters of national security involving Muslims are being handled by security agencies on account of their misdeeds. We hate to believe that JNI has a hand in some of this security threats to the nation. Or how else can we explain a situation where it is squealing while investigations, which alleged that a suspected top commander of Boko Haram was among the 486 suspects arrested, are yet to be concluded?

“The claim by JNI that the arrested Muslims are innocent and that they were going about their normal businesses, when one of the wanted terror suspects was found to be among them, is hasty and preposterous. This is not only misleading, it is a mischievous attempt to cover up.

“There are questions the JNI must answer, failing which they should keep quiet the same way as they have always done when Christians are being killed and their churches burnt by Muslims.

“How can 486 traders be travelling in a convoy of 35 Hiace Hummer buses at 2.00 a.m.? What kind of businesses are 486 traders going to ply in Port Harcourt in such a convoy?

“486 Muslim traders all from one part of the Muslim troubled North emptying into Port Harcourt in a stealthy manner, under the cover of night!”



  2. I think the bulk of the blames goes to security agents who shud have killed every single one of them ‘n push the into wide hole for mass burial. If truly they’re are going for lawful business as claim by their messenger (JNI) why travelling during such ungodly hour.
    I urge Gej to sue for disintegration of this forced marriage called Nigeria and let the world write his name in GOLD

  3. Eegun atiro wole,….. o jo gate ko jogate o fi ese meji tiro. 1. why are they all muslim 2. why is it dat none of dem has a penny 3. why do dey av 2 travel in middle of d 9te 4. why is it dat dey are male 5. why is it dat dey are comin frm d same place 6. WHAT IS D WANTED BOKOHARAM DOING IN THIER MIDST? Pls let somebody ans dis & dey shd b KILLED bcos they were going 4 bh training & anoda bus carring their weapon has escaped.

  4. Disintegration,disintegration,disintegration,almost all the people in the IGBO land are very stupid and don‘t know anything,who do you think is afraid of disintegration?The north or you people that with little to NO farm lands?You don‘t have anything yet you talk nonsense everytime it comes to matters like these.Which is which now?Are you the ones killing the us or we are?Must the people caught with bombs recently are IGBOS,everybody knows that,surprisingly you guys are still in the dark,stupid ILLITRATES,let gej do his worst,nothing last forever,let him go ahead and sue for disintegration,if he‘s truely a man,we detest boko haram,may ALLAH burn them all in hell,but you can‘t just call all of them bokos,let them be screened acordingly,let them kill anybody with any link with those monsters,I‘ll forever love to see them burn in HELL forever but stop talking nonsense,we‘re tired of that stupidity.

  5. Release our pple…..Jigawa pple r known to b peaceful. Release dem b4 we arrest all the over 114,619 igbos here in the whole of Jigawa. Leave our pple out of this silly politics pls. Sha me m storming Abia 2mrw frm ph to meet wit ma lawmakers frm Abj n Jigawa. 1nigeria dan uban iyamiri!

  6. Hahhhhhhhhhh pls pls pls igbo christians nd CAN release our peoples if u wnt 2 peace in dis country if u nt very soon we will take d revenge so u bettr knw what u ar doing we ar nt a mad CAN u here

  7. plz igbo you want another war again don’t release them ok you will see
    if you are looking boko haram start with Gej then go to sambiasa you gate boko haram their

  8. We all know the sponsors of Boko haram. How can a respected traditional ruler make. Such a foolish comment. Did he not hear that a wanted boko haram leader was among them? JNI is not a sincere organisation!


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