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January 22, 2017

Pro-Trump Rally: South East Senate Caucus Condemns Alleged Killings In Port Harcourt

Pro-Trump Rally: South East Senate Caucus Condemns Alleged Killings In Port Harcourt

IPOB members on solidarity march for Trump

*** Calls on the FG to carry out a holistic Investigation into the matter

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA- THE South East Senate Caucus yesterday condemned in very strong terms, the alleged killings of unarmed members of the so-called Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) said to be holding a pro-Trump rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers state by members of Nigerian Security agencies.

The South East Senators have also called on the Federal Government to carry out a holistic investigation into the allegations of deliberate application of excessive force by security agencies in the containment of peaceful assembly particularly when groups from the South East are involved, with particular reference to the latest action.

In a statement in Abuja weekend, Chairman of the South East Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who noted that the mere fact that the security agencies applied excess force in an otherwise peaceful rally, was however reprehensible and questions what the Senators called, an emerging pattern in the containment of peaceful assembly in Nigeria.

IPOB members on solidarity march for Trump

Abaribe who noted that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended provides for the freedom of association and the right of the people to freely assemble to express their common interest, said, “The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still intact and has not been amended. It is therefore worrisome and that the rights of a section of Nigerians would be so wilfully denied with such extra force.

“If the report of killings by the security agencies were to be confirmed, it would no doubt leave a gaping hole in the unity of this country.

“This is one regrettable action too many, coming against the backdrop of the recent report of the Amnesty International (AI) of mass killings of people from the same section of the populace in Nigeria.”

Abaribe who said that the South East Senate Caucus was not only demanding a stop to this heinous act, which have caused so much embarrassment to the country, but was also calling on the Federal Government to investigate the high handedness of its security services in the handling of civil protest with particular emphasis to the latest action by her security agencies in Port Harcourt.