By NewsCritic Reporters
Members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Umuahia Central Constituency of Abia state have bemoaned the extra-Judicial killing of 16 of its members by the Nigerian Police, saying that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led government has explanations to make over the mindless killings.
Leader of APC in Umuahia Central Constituency and its House of Assembly candidate during the 2019 General Election, Sir Maduakolam Adighibe aka Ijere disclosed at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Ijere Foundation office, Okwulaga Afara that he is pained by the deaths and killings of APC members who fought for the liberation of Abia State by security operatives.
He said that the two sons of the APC urban Ward 3 chairman, Mr Nicholas Ejekwu were abducted at their father’s house in Ugwunchara by the Police and killed in cold blood without mercy, adding that the development is disturbing because it’s getting too much.
Sir Maduakolam Adighibe called for a minute silence in honour of the APC members who were killed by security in the wake of the attack at the State CID by unidentified gunmen.
He, therefore, asked the Umuahia Central Constituency members to take a day and go to God in fasting and supplications to seek God’s intervention, so as to avert further deaths and killings of APC members in the constituency.
The APC house of Assembly candidate also urged party members to go and prepare for the forthcoming party’s congresses, advising them to always respect the party’s decision on zoning of offices for peace to reign in the party.
Sir Maduakolam, who thanked members of the APC in the Constituency for their commitment to the course, enjoined them to always strive to ensure there is no problem in the party’s fold and to see that the APC remains intact.
Said he “I called you to thank you because we were robbed of our victory and we will never give up until we get to the promised Land. “Let’s embrace the new entrants, and as you can see they are getting tired that’s why they are joining the APC in large numbers. Let’s welcome them”, he stressed.
The zonal women leader, Mrs Josephine lamented that the urban ward 3 is worst hit by deaths and killing, while demanding to know where the problem is coming from.
She said that 16 APC members were killed in Ward three alone by security operatives, and wondered why the Police will embark on killing spree of innocent youths to avenge the attack on Police facilities by unidentified gunmen.
She prayed that the death of the young men would not be in vein.”So, in urban ward 3 we lost 16 boys who were Killed by security operatives and their body is still in the mortuary. I ask what is our offence? Other stakeholders and ward Chairman who spoke decried the killing of APC members by the police tagging them IPOB members. They said all the young boys killed have verifiable means of livelihood and families.
The APC stakeholders finally resolved a date for the prayer programme in the Constituency to hand over the party and Abia State into the hands of God.