Two Killed In Oyigbo Mosque …Assailant On The Run …Muslim Leader Urges Vigilance

An assailant who shot into the Oyigbo central mosque, killing two worshippers and injuring scores of worshippers last Wednesday, February 13, is still on the run.

Muslim Leader and Vice-President General of Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Ahwelebe who strongly condemned the attack and vandalisation of Oyigbo Central Mosque in a chat with our correspondent said the attack came less than two weeks after a similar incident was reported at Jubiris Central Mosque along Bonny Street in Port Harcourt.

According to him, during the attack, many worshippers and shop owners were injured and properties looted, stating that the act is uncalled for as it was carried out without any provocations.

Uhor recalled that before the 2011 and 2015 general elections, many Muslims were harassed, and had to flee for their lives. He recalled the IPOB attack at Oyigbo were four Muslims were killed, properties burnt and shops raided and opined that the continued unprovoked attacks against Muslims in the state is capable of forcing them to resort to self-help in defence of their lives and properties.

The Muslim leader appealed to the security agencies and the state government to wade into these senseless attacks and killings to secure the lives and properties of law abiding Muslims in the state.

He noted that “everybody is aware that there are thousands of Muslims in the state that are meaningfully engaged in various economic and social activities that contributes to the socio-economic development of the state pointing out and debunked insulations that Rivers State is 100percent a Christian state.

The Vice-President General also called on Muslims to be vigilant and guide their mosques and business places and report any threat to the law enforcement agencies for prompt action.

Police Public Relation Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni who confirmed the incident in an interview with The Vortex correspondent, assured that investigations were ongoing and the assailant will be apprehended and brought to justice.

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