Islamic group raises alarm over “abduction” of cleric by suspected security agents

Prof Is-haq Akintola, MURIC director

The group says there may be an orchestrated plan to reduce Muslim population.

An Islamic body, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Sunday raised the alarm over the abduction of an Islamic scholar, Ustadh Abdul Ganiy, and his wife, Shakirah, by suspected government agents.

The couple were seized at gun point from their home at Fagbemi Street, Off Ntabo Bus Stop, Ijoko, near Sango in Ado Odo Ota Local Government of Ogun State.

No one has claimed responsibility for their abduction.

A spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, denied knowledge of the incident.

But the Islamic group said the raid was reportedly carried out by soldiers dressed in plain clothes.

In a statement by its director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC charged security agents in the state to produce the scholar and his wife, and arraign them in court within 48 hours of arrest as stated in the law.

The incident occurred at about 3.00a.m. Saturday. MURIC said the abductors were soldiers who reportedly arrived in three vehicles, dressed in plain clothes.

Mr. Akintola said Ustadh Abdul Ganiy owns an Arabic school (madrasat) and teaches both working class and school children in Arabic and Islamic Studies in the area.

Since the abduction, no one has been contacted about the whereabouts of the couple, the group said.

“The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, charges Nigerian security agents to produce the Islamic scholar and his wife whose abduction has started creating tension among Muslims in the whole South West. We remind the security agents that nothing warrants such night invasion since there is no state of emergency in the region,” the statement stated.
 
“We suspect that this may be the beginning of a crackdown on scholars of Islam in Yorubaland in particular and the whole Southern Nigeria in general as part of the silent war on Islam in Western-dominated parts of the world,” Mr. Akintola added.

The group said the suspicion is fuelled by the allegation that another Lagos-based Islamic scholar also disappeared last week. He also recalled that the mysterious disappearance of Razaq Gawat, a popular Lagos-based Islamic socialite and televangelist is yet to be explained after about 14 months.
 
“It is on record that millions of Muslims were killed in former Yugoslavia in the 90s. Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma) were burned in public and their homes destroyed in 2013. Anti-Balaka Christian militants also recently hunted down, slaughtered or roasted hundreds of Muslims in the Central African Republic. In July this year, China banned fasting among Muslims. A blind, intolerant and anti-Muslim climate pervades the globe,” the group said.
 
“Yet while everybody is talking about peace, nobody is talking about justice. MURIC reminds Nigerian authorities that justice is the soul of peace. The same natural law of justice which stipulates that nobody can eat his cake and have it provides that nobody can deny one (justice) and still enjoy the other (peace).”

Mr. Akintola said the killing of Muslims by Nigeria’s Boko Haram may be an orchestrated campaign being waged by unscrupulous elements in disguise with the aim of drastically reducing the population of Muslims in the country.
  
“We alert the Ogun State Government to this dangerous development. We appeal to Ogun State House of Assembly and the National Assembly to wade into the matter. The people’s representatives must show concern when innocent citizens start disappearing. Meanwhile we call on Muslims throughout the country to remain calm and law-abiding.”


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