The speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on security agencies to carry out thorough investigations into the killing of Bridget Agbaheme who was allegedly beheaded in Kano over “blasphemy”.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan.
The statement quoted Dogara as condemning the brutal murder of the woman in Kano.
Dogara, who urged all Nigerians to rise against the grievous act of lawlessness and impunity, asserted that the perpetrators of the crime must be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.
“There must be justice for the victim. We live in a society governed by clearly stated rules and laws. When such crimes of high magnitude are allowed to go unpunished for any reason, we risk descending into a state of lawlessness and anarchy where anyone can assume the role of judge, jury and executioner.
The rule of law must prevail. I urge all security agencies to ensure that they carry out a thorough investigation into the events that led to her untimely death and ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to face the full wrath of the law,” he stated.
The speaker, however, called for tolerance among Nigerians, irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.
According to Dogara, the peace and sanctity of Nigeria is not negotiable and as such everything must be done to protect them.
“The fundamental rights of citizens enshrined in the constitution must be respected by all,” he said.
Dogara condoled with the family of the deceased and prayed God to comfort them.
He added that the incident was not only their grief but that of all Nigerians of goodwill and, indeed, lovers of humanity.