The suspected suicide bomber
Following mixed identification of suspected suicide bomber by the Nigerian Police, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are at loggerheads over actual identity of the accused bomber.
The Kaduna State Police Command had earlier identified the accused person as Nathaniel Tanko but Rev. Joseph John Hayab, State Chapter Head of the Christian group explained that the bomber’s name was originally submitted to the Police as Mohammed Sani, contrary to what the police came up with.
But Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC’s Director expressed concerns that the Sunday averted bomb incident rubbished essence of the nationwide protest held over insecurity across the nation.
It could be recalled that the suspected suicide bomber was arrested on Sunday at the Living Faith Church, located in Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Council of the state.
According to Hayab, when the bomber was arrested by the church security officials in the afternoon before he was handed over to the police, he was bearing the name Mohammed Sani.
However, he said his religious affiliation would not matter as long as the accused remains perpetrator of the offence.
“When the suspect was initially arrested before he was handed over to the police, he gave his name as Mohammed Sani but we are not bothered by his religious faith or background other than the fact that a criminal must be treated as a criminal without necessarily looking at his religion or ethnicity,” Hayab told the Guardian in an interview.
“We of the Christian faith found the disposition of the police towards religious background of the suspect as a Christian very unfortunate. Why is the police interested in the religion of the suspect and at what point did Mohammed Sani suddenly become Nathaniel Tanko between the noon when he was arrested by the church security officials and the time handed over to the police?”
The Christian clergy further cited an instance of a recent incident in the state where the police had arrested a criminal and allegedly labeled the accused a pastor with due diligence.
However, he said after a proper background check was conducted, it proved otherwise.