SENATE ORDERS IGP TO PROSECUTE THE KILLERS OF KOGI PDP WOMEN LEADER.
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously condemned electoral violence, particularly killings in the Kogi and Bayelsa states’ elections, following consideration of two motions during the plenary.
The upper chamber, while calling on the Inspector-General of Police to arrest and prosecute the killers of the Women Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Abu, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
In one of the motions titled “Curbing Electoral Violence”, its sponsor, Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East), quoting the National Human Rights Commission said about 58 people were killed in 61 incidents of election violence across 22 states in the country between January and February, 2015.
According to him, the recent violence witnessed during and after the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States has called to question the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria.
Sekibo said that “the resultant effect of the electoral mayhem would reduce the credibility of our electoral process and deepen hatred as well as widen the gap of our unity”.
He added, “The country’s electoral management body is not strong enough to withstand the pressure exerted by the political system and the electoral misconducts that accompany it continue to threaten the deepening of democratization process.
“This negative effect of electoral violence in the country would continue to reduce the citizens’ confidence in the Democratic process as well as heighten the fears of possible democratic collapse.”
In another motion titled “2019 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”, sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), the lawmaker said “violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human right violation.”