NIDCOM reacts to killing of 16 Nigerian travellers in Burkina Faso 

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Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the killing of 16 Nigeria travellers in Burkina Faso as unjustifiable, callous and criminal.

Muslim pilgrims, including 16 Nigerians were allegedly shot and killed by Burkinabe soldiers on patrol.

The Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya of Nigeria at a news conference, Sunday in Abuja, revealed that 16 of its members were shot dead by the Burkinabe soldiers.

They were reportedly on their way to the home country of their leader, Sheikhul-Islam Ibrahim Niasse, in Senegal when they met their untimely death.

The national secretary of the Islamic group, Sayyidi Yahaya, said the Ansaruddeen members were “randomly selected and cold-bloodedly shot to death in a most horrendous display of bestiality” after being stopped by

the Burkinabe soldiers.

Reacting to the situation, the NIDCOM boss in a statement by the Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun,  called on the Burkinabe authorities to fish out the perpetrators and prosecute them accordingly.

Dabiri-Erewa, who reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s resolve to ensure appropriate sanction, through diplomacy, for those who involved in the killing, said, it was a condemnable and barbaric act.

While condoling with the families and friends of the deceased, she prayed for the safety of other Nigerians stranded in the country.

“To those who were unjustifiably killed, especially as they were on

spiritual pilgrimage, may Allah accept them into His martyrdom and quicken the pace of recovery of those injured survivors,” she prayed.

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