A member representing Amuwo-Odofin federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Oghene Egoh, has condemned the killing of two constituency members who were alleged to be petrol black marketers by the personnel of the Nigeria Civil Security Defence Corps (NSCDC) recently.
Egoh in a statement made available to THISDAY at the weekend, said the individuals killed by stray bullets in an attempt to get fuel at the fuel station, “were neither armed nor declared wanted by the police. The officers had an option to arrest the deceased instead of using force or firearms.”
The lawmaker also noted that one of the victims, known as Ikechukwu, was shot three times for a trying to buy fuel for his livelihood.
“They never committed any crime,” he said, stressing that the act was callous, criminal and unacceptable to his people, and therefore called on the authorities of Nigeria Police Force and the NSCDC to take necessary actions to ensure that the perpetrators are made to face the consequences of their action.
Egoh added: “As the representative of Amuwo Odofin in the House of Representatives, I will not allow my people to be murdered in cold blood. I hope this will act as a deterrent to other erring officers who abuse commoners unjustly.
“This will also cause civil defence management to properly train their men in use of fire arms. My people will not die in vain as government must pay compensation.”