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By Noah Aderoju

Kogi Muslims under the aegis of the Concern Muslim Forum (CMF), has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to intervene in the arbitrary arrest and torture of innocent Muslim residents at Eika Ohizenyi community in Okehi Local Government Area of the state.The Spokesman of the CMF, Mr. Abdullahi Ishaq Abdulmalik, made the appeal to the governor in Lokoja while reacting to the recent arrest of Abubakar Otuhuo Momoh, the acting proprietor of Jama’atul Muslimeen Academy, Eika Ohizenyi; Idris AbdulMalik, a trainee nurse apprentice; and two secondary school students Aliyu Yusuf and Ishaq Awwal.AbdulMalik lamented that the whereabout of the people arrested are still unknown to the community several days after they were picked from their various houses at Eika Ohizenyi on August 1, 2022, around 3:30 a.m. “We are passionately appealing to His Excellency, Mr. Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, to look into this issue as people are unduly subjected to torture for no reason” He said.Abdulmalik noted that this arbitrary arrest is coming just a few weeks after two Muslims in the same community, Mr. Sadiq AbdulRahim and Mr. Musa AbdulWahhab were arrested from their homes before Eid-el-Kabir festival. They regained freedom two days after Sallah through the concerted effort of the Chairman of Okehi Local Government, Hon. Abdulrahim Ohiare, and other kind-hearted individuals in the community.“The two victims of the arbitrary arrest said they were never investigated in any way like that. Rather, they were blindfolded, immobilised with ropes, tortured and starved.” He said.

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