- Demand probe of political killings in Rivers state
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Federal Government to compel all relevant security agencies to ensure improved security of lives and property of the people in the country.
The Acting National Chairman of APC, Mr. Segun Oni, who addressed a press conference against the background of the spate of killings and alleged political assassinations that have taken place across the country, especially the reported killing of a ward chairman of APC in Rivers state, said the security agencies should investigate and bring to book those behind the killings.
He said Rivers State has been transformed into a killing field, with APC members being murdered on a daily basis,adding that members of the party in Rivers state are fast becoming endangered species.
“The security situation in Rivers state is clearly an affront on the Federal Government’s power to protect life and property within its territory. The APC NWC calls on the Police and other security agencies to as a matter of urgency, rise up to stem the tide of politically-motivated killings and other forms of violence in Rivers State.
Oni said APC and Nigerians are aware of the threats issued by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike to civil servants in the state to either support and work for the People Democratic Party (PDP) or face sack.
He said the plot also include intimidation of eligible voters, INEC officials and security operatives deployed to ensure peaceful, free and credible rerun elections in Rivers state.
“The politically-motivated killings in Rivers State is a real emergency that should not be treated with kid gloves. The situation is distressing, tragic and a huge source of worry to the party.
“We tell the security agencies not to continue to take us for granted and we are urging the Federal Government to step up action and know that there is no justification for one dead person. We saying all these because we want security to improve not only in Rivers state but in other places in the country,” he said.
Regarding the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that about 18 of its members were killed recently in Ogoni in Rivers state, Oni said such killing of innocent citizens is are heinous crimes which the security agencies must step up efforts to prevent and bring those responsible to book.