A group of women under the umbrella of Women Arise for Justice has asked the federal government to question the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike over the loss of lives in the state at the re-run elections.
Speaking at the presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, March 30, the women said the deaths, abduction, intimidation and destruction of property in Rivers state were the product of the do or die politics that featured during the last Rivers state re-run election.
The group’s national president, Jummai Pukat said Wike as the chief security officer of the state must be held responsible for the killings that occurred during the election.
She said: “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 outsider 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 said the governor should be held responsible for all the atrocities that happened in the state at the last election. “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.”
Pukat said that those that relatives of those that died or lost their property during the election must be compensated and reassured by the state government that the law will take its course to bring perpetrators to book. “Our sons, brothers, husband and fathers cannot be continually cut down in their prime with the federal government remaining indifferent simply because their 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 life becomes the new normal. 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.
Pukata also called afor an investigation into the abduction and killing of an army colonel S Samaila Inusa in Kaduna. Last Saturday, the rerun election in Rivers state did not go without bloodshed.
Many including a National Youth Service Corps member Samuel Okonta was killed.
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