The abduction of nine Kano children found in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, has been condemned by the Onitsha traditional council.
Naija News reports that the reaction by the Onitsha traditional council is coming after the Kano police command had announced the arrest of eight suspects who trafficked the minors.
Reacting to the incident in a statement, the traditional council said the criminal act was perpetrated for commercial purposes without religious or ethnic connotation.
“From all indications, these are criminal acts perpetrated by individuals for commercial purposes without any religious, ethnic or social connotation whatsoever,” the statement said.
The council said the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, is “in full contact on the matter” with Muhammadu Sanusi II, the emir of Kano.
Some Igbo leaders in Kano had also asked the police to deal with the suspects in accordance with the law.
The president-general of the Igbo Community Association in Kano, Ebenezer Chima, and Boniface Ibekwe, Sarki Ndigbo, condemned the criminal act.
“We are recommending stiff penalty for the culprits to serve as a deterrent to others who may be nursing ambition for such nefarious act,” the statement read.
“The leadership, therefore, enjoined Igbos in Kano to remain law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation.”
On the other hand, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) had asked for calm over the issue. The group said the incident should not cause animosity between Christians and Muslims.
MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, described the abduction as “reprehensible” and asked Christians to expose the “bad eggs” among them.
Source: Naija News