Group Wants Rivers Killings, Death of Col. Inusa Probed

A non governmental organisation (NGO), Women Arise for Justice, wants the Federal Government to probe the killings that characterised Rivers State rerun elections.
The group, Wednesday in Abuja, asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to call on the Governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Wike, to account for the number of people who lost their lives during the elections.
The group made its feelings known during a protest march on Aso Rock Villa, Wednesday, in which over 1,000 women particated.
The group also wants the abduction and killing of Col. Samaila Inusa, in Kaduna on Tuesday, probed.
The Protesters, who stormed the Villa in a peaceful protest said all the deaths, abduction, intimidation and destruction of properties were the product of the do or die politics that featured during the Rivers State re-run elections.
National President of the group, Jummai Samuel Pukat who led the protest said the Governor Wike should be held responsible for all the atrocities since his body language and utterances directly influenced his thugs to deal with those on the other side of political divide.
According to her, “It was Governor Wike who threatened that there are areas that people from the federal level cannot access in the state. It was him who said anyone coming from outside Rivers State for the re-run must first write their will, which implies that he was confident of how to make sure federal agents do not make it out of Rivers state alive.”
She noted: “Our sons, brothers, husband and fathers cannot be continually cut down in their prime with the federal government remaining indifferent simply because the murder took place in Wike‘s Rivers State.
“We cannot wait until more governors join in this killing spree. We dare not contemplate what will happen if Wike’s approach to treating human lives becomes the new norm. As mothers we no longer have the ability to sleep at night when our loved ones have to undertake even the most basic assignment in Rivers State,” she said.
Pukat said the silence from the Federal Government was worrisome, adding that this has led Wike to continue to insult the sensibilities of Rivers people and Nigerians in general with lies, thus shifting the blame for the killings to others
She added: “Our hearts bleed Mr. President. We are worried and confused and we ask if Rivers state is still part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

Author: News Editor

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