Samuel Achi, a former lecturer at the Kaduna State University, Kaduna, has narrated how his son, Sunday, was killed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University mosque in Bauchi State when Isa Pantami, was the Chief Imam of the university’s mosque.
On December 9, 2004, Sunday Achi, a leader of the students’ fellowship of the Evangelical Church Winning All Ministry was found dead at the university mosque.
It was later revealed that the 24-year-old student of Architecture was strangled dead by Muslim students over allegation that he circulated a tract that contained blasphemous content.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the father of the deceased, Samuel Achi, confirmed allegations that the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami was the Chief Imam of the university’s mosque when the incident happened. He said;
“The incident happened in the early hours of the 9th of December (2004). It was from the night of December 8 to the early hours of December 9 that it happened. From the fact that I had; from clear indications; from the confirmed information that I had, he was not stoned. He was actually strangled inside the mosque. His body was discovered outside the university mosque.”
Samuel Achi stressed that were Pantami, who was the then chief imam of the mosque a man of peace, the killing of his son would not have occurred. He added;
“As a Christian, my belief is that even though they killed him by pronouncing fatwa against him, he was doing God’s work, so, I don’t think we have to worry about it. God has comforted us and we have been able to forgive everybody that did that terrible act.
“Of course, we have no control over it but the blood of my son would always hunt whoever has a hand in killing him.”