Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lawyers Decry Incessant Killings in #Benue

A group of legal practitioners under the aegis of Benue Young Lawyers Initiative for Peace and Justice have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Police Force over the spate of killings in the state.

The petition, jointly signed by Simon Zungwe and Monday Akor, the President and Secretary General of the initiative respectively want the police to rescue the state from looming chaos.

The group in the petition dated July 24 and also copied to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) alleged that on Friday, July 17, 2015 at about 10a.m. some gunmen suspected to be hired killers invaded the construction site of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and elder statesman in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, Chief Atoza Ihindan and shot him dead.

“Until his death, Chief Atoza was the political godfather of former Governor Gabriel Suswam and served as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Elders’ Forum in the Benue North-East senatorial district,” the group said.

The group also alleged that within the month of July alone, members of the same gang suspected to have killed the late Atoza were reported to have committed serial atrocities in the state, particularly Benue North-East senatorial district, ranging from destruction of valuable properties to kidnapping and killing of about 19 persons.

The group however urged the president to ensure a thorough investigation into the killing of late Atoza.

“We urgently call on you to conduct a painstaking investigation into the death of Chief Atoza and other persons in Benue State in order to bring the perpetrators to book and rescue the state from looming chaos.

“We are glad that the police has greatly excelled in leaps and bounds in the fight against criminality since your assumption of office.

“It is our prayer that Almighty God will continue to increase you in wisdom and strength as you contribute your own quota to building a secured Nigeria.” 

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