A religious group, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has berated media organisations in the country for ignoring to report on the gruesome death of 7 Fulani travellers in Gboko, Benue state.
Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday said 7 Fulanis were killed by irate youths
Owoseni told newsmen that the victims were said to be travelling either to Okene or Taraba State when criminals attacked, killed and burnt them to ashes.
“The passengers were said to be in the park where they were trying to board a commercial vehicle, police in the area of the attack got information and rushed to the place but the criminals embarked on hurling stones at the police.”
Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said in a statement in Abuja that the group was concerned that media organisation are numb about the killings.
He alleged that the media were biased in their reportage and claimed that they did not give equal extensive coverage when 732 Fulanis were killed in Mambilla.
“They looked the other way when 82 women and children of Fulani were killed in cold blood in Numan. They said nothing when life was brutally snuffed out of 24 Fulanis in Lau. They couldn’t be bothered when 96 Fulanis were cut down in Kajuru”, he maintained.
We are turning into bitter enemies among ourselves. Who did this to Nigeria? Professor Akintola asked.
He said the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Nigerian Police and the press have a lot to do to urgently disabuse and re-engineer the Nigerian mentality.
MURIC said the police must apprehend all killers of men no matter their tribal leaning, whether they are Benue militia, killer herdsmen or Berom hoodlums and urged the Nigerian media to also eschew asymmetric reportage.