The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has on Tuesday condemned the killing of Muslims by Egungun Masquerade worshipers in Osogbo, Osun State.
Egungun worshipers had on Sunday attacked members of the Qamar ul-Islam Society who were holding a program before their mosque at Oluode Aranyin, Ita Olookan space of Oshogbo, Osun State.
The attack led to the death of an older man, Alhaji Moshood Salahudeen, while 14 different Muslims sustained gunfire and cutlass-dispensed wounds.
The masquerade worshipers opened gunfire at the Muslims before their mosque at about 2:30pm on Sunday, infoxclusive learned.
Some persons who incurred injuries due to gunshot were immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Responding, MURIC approached the Commissioner of Police, Osun Police Command to arrest those behind the killing and ensure they face the law.
The Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, asked Muslims in the State not to fight back.
MURIC described the attack as primitive and brutish.
The statement reads: “Egungun worshippers killed an elderly Muslim and wounded 14 others in Oshogbo on Sunday, 26th June, 2021. The Muslims were holding a programme in front of their mosque, the Qamarudeen Central Mosque which is situated at Oluode Aranyin, Ita Olookan area of Oshogbo, Osun State, when the masquerade worshippers came from nowhere and started attacking them.
“We are stupefied by this horrendous crime. It is a dastardly act.
“It is brutish, fiendish and barbaric. We call on the Commissioner of Police in the State of Osun to order the arrest of the main culprit, Kayode Esuleke and his co-travellers. Justice must not only be done in this case, but it must be seen to have been done.
“We appeal to Muslims in the state to refrain from attempting any reprisal attack. We have no doubt that the state Police Command will ensure that the culprits will not go unpunished.”
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