29 November 2012

Nigeria: Don't Convert Our Burial Ground to Hotel - Community Tells Jang

Jos — The Jos Muslim community under the auspices of Jasawa Community Development Association (JCDA) has called on Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State not to convert the burial ground along Zaria Road in Jos city to a hotel.

The call was made by JCDA President Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Masalla at the commemoration

prayer for victims of November 28, 2008 Jos crises, saying, "we are calling on Governor Jang to allow Muslims in the state to bury their corpses at the burial ground which they legally occupy in Jos and Bukuru and avoid the proposed conversion to a five-star hotel as earlier reported because the Muslims are still burying their dead ones in the area".

Masalla said November 28, 2008 crisis was a day "we are saddened by the highly criminal acts of killings on the innocent defenceless members of our community by suspected security agencies like the police and the military, using brand new white Hilux vans without identification numbers as well as prisons officers and some judges in the state judicial system."

"We recall how some of these suspected police/mobile police and soldiers used their might and engaged in extrajudicial killings of our people and how prisons officers illegally kept in captive members of our community even without trial or conviction by an established court of competent Jurisdiction", he said.

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