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Monday, 30 April 2012


A democracy inclined non-governmental organization – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a probe panel comprising non-partisan crime experts to investigate the recent alleged attempted assassination of the Action Congress of Nigeria’s Governor of Edo State Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The Rights group has also expressed shock at the multiple accidents in Edo state at the weekend which led to the killing of three Journalists attached to the Edo State Government House. It however demanded the immortalization of these journalists by the Edo state Government and the payment of compensation to the families of the dead media workers.
In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media officer Miss. Zainab  Yusuf, the Rights group expressed shock and disappointment at the dangerous trend that politics has become in some states that will soon hold governorship elections just as it challenged the hierarchy of the nation’s security community to closely monitor activities of armed security operatives working in the volatile states such as Edo, Ondo and Osun to prevent break down of law and order.
HURIWA stated thus; “We use this medium to call on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an independent probe panel made up of statesmen and women with absolutely non-partisan interest to investigate the claim that the auto accident that affected the convoy of the Edo state Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was an attempt to assassinate the Edo state chief Executive”.
The Rights group counseled the Federal government not to treat with kid gloves the allegation of attempted assassination on the life of the Edo state governor because of the damaging implication to the nation’s international image. HURIWA tasked the Federal government to embark on the important assignment of uncovering the veracity or otherwise of the allegation of attempt on the life of the governor of Edo state because of the gruesome killing in that multiple accident of three Journalists who were simply carrying out their legitimate non-partisan and professional duty. The group stated that the Federal Government is obliged to ensure that multiparty democracy is promoted in Nigeria and should therefore implement comprehensive measures to protect persons who belong to minority political persuasions.
“The dangerous dimension that politics has become in some states of the Federation whereby governorship polls will be conducted soon is very worrisome and must be brought under control”.
“We hereby appeal to all political office seekers to view their ambition to become Governor as a voluntary offer of selfless service to the people of their respective states and therefore must conduct their political campaign peacefully without resorting to the use of hired thugs to physically assault their political opponents. We expect that the nation’s security agencies should be on top of the situation and stop persons with violent inclination from disturbing public peace. The Independent National Electoral Commission is constitutionally obliged to expose all political office seekers that constitute threats to the stability and tranquility of the component parts of the Country and prosecute them to serve as effective deterrent”, HURIWA asserted.         


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