MARAWI CITY (December 17, 2018) – Residents of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur have collected P1 million to serve reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the murderer of famous imam in Baguio City, Shiek Bedejim Abdullah who was gunned-down on December 6 by a still-unidentified hit man.
Maranaos including Ulama leaders on Sunday have held a prayer rally for Abdullah in Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao (JMM) here and calls on the collaborative effort of the Government and Muslim Institutions towards peace.
Abdullah, 55, was known to be a good Imam and a preacher of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City.
Imam Saad Amate, President of the United Imam of the Philippines (UIP), said, “Maybe not only from Baguio, Sulu, and Lanao [already rallied] but all Muslims in the Philippines calls for justice for brother Abdullah.”
“We calls on the police and the military to help solve the case of brother Bedejim’s murderer.” Amate continued, “Abdullah is a good people, we demand for his justice.” He said after Sulu residents rallied on December 15 in the same demand.
Abdullah’s murder was recorded by security cameras in Baguio public market where the killer used to change clothes there that made him escaped.
Photographs of the killer had been circulated over social media and in newspapers. A printed large-size picture of the murderer was burned in this city.
A Lanao leader Agakhan Sharief, known to be “Binladin,” asks President Rodrigo Duterte to help solve the fourth case of violence against an imam, the killing of Abdullah while the unidentified suspect maybe still roaming in the Philippines.
Binladin also referred to the wounding of another imam by a security guard recently in Zamboanga City.
“The motive for killing Abdullah is still not clear. The suspect’s face is clear in this tarpaulin [that was set on fire] but his identity eludes the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Baguio City. It’s possible the killer is not from Baguio,” Binladin said.
Anybody has information about the suspect is urged to call the nearest police station for immediate verification, according to the Baguio City Police Office.