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Killings: US calls for end to violence in Rivers

…As Wike vows to get justice for victims

PORT HARCOURT—The United States Consul-General to Nigeria, John Bray has called for an end to the violence and deaths associated with the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

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Addressing journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, after a meeting with Governor Ezenwo Wike of the state, the Diplomat decried the violence that greeted the polls in some parts of the state.

It will be recalled that soldiers allegedly unleashed violence on Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state where 15 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members were killed.  The military also killed two PDP agents in Emohua Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

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He said: “I am here as an international observer.  We have been watching elections in Rivers State.

“I am not here to grade elections or anything like that. I am just here to say that there has been enough violence.

“Enough people have died. I am here today to speak with all the different candidates and party leaders.”

Wike to seek justice for victims

Meanwhile, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will pursue justice for all those killed in cold blood by soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Abonnema and other towns  during Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

Wike had alleged that the soldiers were used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to unleash mayhem on PDP members in the state.

Addressing journalists, yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that all those involved in the killing of innocent Rivers people to further the Presidential ambition  of their benefactor will not go unpunished.

He said: “Let it be known that those who masterminded the murderous assault on Abonnema and other communities in Rivers State last Saturday have bloodstains on their hands, for which they are all answerable before the Almighty God.

“I wish to assure all and sundry that we shall as a government pursue justice for the families of the victims against the perpetrators of the mayhem, killings and destructions in Abonema, Buguma, Degema and other places no matter how powerful they may seem and how long it may take.”


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