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APC calls for probe into Rivers poll violence

28 September 2015, 12:00Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to probe politically-motivated killings that characterised the period leading to the contentious polls held earlier this year.

The party also called for investigations amid the alleged intimidation of the party’s witnesses at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

APC expressed concern that in spite local and international condemnation that followed the violence-ridden elections in Rivers State, the security agencies were not known to have investigated, arrested or prosecuted anyone for the murder and arson allegedly unleashed on citizens.

Elections were held on March 28 and April 11.

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The party recalled immediate past Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yielded to the people’s calls for justice by constituting the Professor Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry into the crimes committed before, during and after the elections.

“However, on assumption of office, Chief Nyesom Wike procured a court judgment barring the constituted Chidi Odinkalu Commission of Inquiry," Davies Ikanya, APC Rivers Chairman, Davies Ikanya said.

"This desperate action by Chief Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denied the people justice."

APC said the Odinkalu-led  Commission had earlier unraveled 97 cases of murder, 278 incidents of persons with bodily harm and 83 cases of total destruction of properties.

According to the party, this was gathered from the recorded testimonies of some 43 witnesses with written petitions, indicting Wike and his alleged associates.

“We will confront them with facts and figures. We will not forgive and we will not forget those who perpetrated killings and arson in Rivers State during the elections.”

APC lamented that months after the inauguration of his administration, Wike had "carried on as if nothing happened."

“His Government has not made any effort at bringing the perpetrators of these horrid crimes to book, perhaps because of the alleged involvement of his core supporters in those cold-blooded murders."

Ikanya appealed to Buhari to make good his promise to Rivers people, made in May, to revisit the issue.


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