Mr President sir, I humbly write to you with the highest respect to your exalted office, am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply due to their parochial interests, after selfless service to his country Gen. Idris Alkali deserved justice and not spitting on his grave.
When the perpetrators committed the crime they were of sound mind and Gen. Alkali didn’t in anyway provoked them, his only crime is being a Muslim and a victim of ethno religious attack.
Therefore the offenders should be properly punished to discourage and deter them or any other person from such acts in future. What surprised many observers is the fact that people with lesser crime are behind bars and denied bail, I’m now convinced that their sponsors can’t afford to see them in jail.
These people are trained and professional killers who do the bidding of their highly placed patrons, since their arrest and exposure people travelling from Abuja to Jos no longer experience the heinous killings along that road.
It is disturbing that the authorities are treating the phenomenon with levity, instead of moving in concert to eradicate it.
Bluntly put the point of this is that in order for justice to truly be justice, a trial needs not only to be fair, just and unbiased, but it is of the essence that these essential ingredients are also seen to be fair, just and unbiased in all ramifications. This single action has challenge the very foundation of justice to the late Gen. Alkali.
Mr. President, people are once again thrown into confusion as we fear that rampant killings and disappearance of people especially motorists along federal road may soon resume as the professional and trained killers are done with their short vacation and are released on bail, by every legal sense dangerous people don’t deserve the luxury of bail.
It is not an exaggeration to assert that it is inevitable necessity and absolute indispensability that law and order is impossible without concerted efforts to implement extant laws, rules and regulations and punish offenders to serve as deterrence.
We demand that justice should be allowed to take its course without interference? The truth is that in this conflict, our government lacks the courage to expose and punish all the perpetrators to serve as lasting solution to this ugly menace exemplied by granting of bail to these criminals is the height of leniency and exposed the extent to which this unprecedented savage act has been tolerated.
Mr. President, this set of criminals are really politically empowered which prove that the act is perpetrated by well-organized and coordinated people, they are even shielded by the community.
Finally, this condemnable act of barbarism and cruelty of the highest order must not be allowed to return as releasing the perpetrators is likely to emboldened them to commit more, and to avoid a scenario where the aggrieved people from other states may start emulating them by blocking their roads and dragging people of particular ethnic group or religious affiliations from their cars as they do here on the plateau as a form of reprisals, their bail should be unanimously revoked. Because if a highly placed and respected military general can be killed by these same people, we no longer feel safe and comfortable with them in the society, they should remain behind bars.
Abu Muhammad, Jos.