Reps Minority Caucus asks Buhari to withdraw Army from engaging protesters

•Condemns Killings

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw officers of the Nigerian force from engaging protesters across the country.

Strongly condemns the Tuesday killing of peaceful and unarmed protesters by suspected security operatives at Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country.

The lawmakers, in a statement signed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, strongly condemned Tuesdays killing of peaceful and unarmed protesters by suspected security operatives at Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country.

He stressed that: “such wicked act of extra-judicial killing of defenceless citizens, by suspected agents of the state, cannot be justified or condoned under any rule or guise whatsoever.

“As lawmakers and representatives of the people, we cannot accept this gruesome execution of our young ones in their own country by security operatives.

“Life is sacred and no one has the right to terminate the life of another just because he has the apparatus of state power.

“Such brazen brutally and defilement of right to life, which is at the centre of the ongoing protests across the nation, underscores the demand for an immediate and total overhaul of our nation’s security architecture.

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“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of officers involved in the Lekki killing as well as the withdrawal of soldiers from engaging protesters,” the lawmakers stated.

The Caucus also restated its call on President Buhari to urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture through extensive reforms and urgent replacing of the service chiefs with more competent and professional hands to assist in effectively handling of the security challenges confronting the nation.

The Caucus, however, commiserated with the families of the victims of this heinous act and assured of immediate legislative actions that will ensure that justice is served.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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