The Oyo State Area Unit of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has expressed its grief over the rape and gruesome murder of one of her member, Miss Bello Barakat.
The Oyo State leadership of the largest Muslim Student body in Nigeria condemned the act alongside the rape and murder of University of Benin’s 100 level student, Uwavera Omozuma and called on the government, the Police and relevant authorities to take swift action in upholding Justice for the victims by bringing the perpetrators to book.
The late Barakat, until her demise, was an ND1 student of the Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production (Moor Plantation) in Ibadan and a distinguished and proud product of the Society.
Reacting to the horrific incidents, the Amir of the state, Mallam Abdkabir Alamal-Yekeen disclosed that violence against women in any form is against Islamic injunction and such acts must come to a drastic end.
According to him, “It is in rude shock that the Executives and members of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Oyo State Area Unit received the news of Bello Barakat’s cold-blooded murder.
“Our investigation revealed that Barakat had to get herself water to bathe on the evening of Monday, 1st June 2020 when she was accosted by some gang of armed robbers who were operating in her home of residence.
“She consequently became a victim of the attack as she was dragged to the side of their bathroom located at the backyard of the house and was probably raped and butchered with machetes. The cuts were seen on her body.
“While the allegation of gang rape is still under investigation, we want to join the rest of the world in condemning the recent attack on women. Violence against women in any form is against Islamic Injunctions and as such it must stop. The case of Uwavera Omozuma is still fresh in our memory and we also stand to condemn the attack.”
Speaking on, he said, “We, therefore, call upon all concerned authorities especially the Oyo State Government, the Inspector General of Police and the media to take swift action in upholding justice for the victim and her family.
“We equally use this medium to commiserate with the family, friends, and members of MSSN for the departure of this decent sister. May Allah grant us the fortitude to bear her departure.
“While we enjoin all our members to keep promoting the hashtag #JusticeforBarakat till all authorities take action, we ask Allah to forgive Barakat and accept her demise as that of a martyr,” he concluded.
The deceased has was buried the following day in accordance with the Islamic rites after initial inspection by the police force at the Kara Police Station, Akinyele.
By: Abdul Waheed Shotonwa
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