The Rivers State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, says it’s dismayed at the zero level to which the sanctity of human life has been reduced in the country.
The ACN expressed this in a statement issued and signed by its publicity secretary, Jerry Needam while reacting to the broad day brutal murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt in Umuokiri community, Aluu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State over the weekend.
Describing the action of the Aluu community people as wicked, most unnatural and animalistic, Jerry Needam said for the killers not to pause awhile to confirm their suspicion before a recourse to on the spot decimation of the four students shows they are more inhuman and devilish than the robbers they claim to guard against.
The ACN spokesman said it’s unfortunate that this is happening in Rivers State whose people are in fore front of the condemnation of similar massacre of hapless innocent people in Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Jerry Needam further blamed the recurring dastardly acts on lackadaisical attitude of government to security of lives and property in the state as well as the non-commitment of security operatives who, he said have given up their primary assignment to chase and harass motorists and unsuspecting innocent members of the public with a view to extorting money from them.
The ACN wondered why the Police Patrol teams scattered all over the strategic points around Port Harcourt metropolis and the Uniport axis would not be found around the scene several hours after the incident even when a distress call had been made.
“While not holding brief for any of the parties and, or exonerating the dead from any crime alleged, nonetheless it is most sinful and satanic to subject mere suspects to the kind of torture and excruciating death as done to these students. We condemn it in its entirely and call for full scale investigation into the incident and also plead that this case should not just be handled as one of such cases as was the case in the pasts. The lives and future of these students cut short in their prime and sent to their early graves must not be in vain”, the ACN noted.
If the sanctity of life must continue to be respected, the Uniport incident is one case to prove that, Jerry Needam concluded.
Jerry Needam, JP
Action Congress of Nigeria
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