APC petitions Human Rights Commission, INEC over Okirika attack

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By Nnenna Ibeh

One month after the attack at an All Progressive Congress rally in Okirika, Rivers State, members of the party have petitioned the Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, and that of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, as well as the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.
On February 17, some gunmen opened fire at the Okirika National School, venue of the APC rally killing a police officer identified as Ifeanyi Okorie; and injuring a Channels Television reporter, Charles Eruka, and others.
The group representing Okirika and Ogu/ Bolo Local government Areas in the Rivers State asked the IGP and human rights chief to take adequate steps to prevent further attacks and violation of the rights of its party members.
They also called for an investigation into the happenings in the LGA, and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
The group also asked the INEC boss to ensure that elections in the two LGAs are not compromised.
Tamuno Williams, the campaign manager for Dakuku Peterside, the party’s gubernatorial candidate, told PREMIUM TIMES that it was hard to believe that after one month of Mr. Okorie’s killing, the police was yet to do anything.
“We are here to formerly submit a petition to the human rights commission, reminding them that today is exactly one month of the killing of Corporal Ifeanyi Okorie who was defending the assignation of Dakuku Peterside in Okirika Island on February 17,” Mr. William said.
“There’s a rumour that on March 28, we would not be allowed to vote for APC; they will come and arrest us, they will assassinate some people, that is why we have come to speak out and bring our protest before the human rights commission. Remember, in Calabar, they said, if you shout ‘Change’ stone them; in Okirika they said if you shout change, shoot them. So we are apprehensive and we felt that we need to bring this to the entire world for a stop to this nonsense, enough is enough.”
The senior special assistant to the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Lambert Opara, receiving the petition on behalf of the Executive secretary of the commission, assured the group that the commission will properly address the petition tabled before it.
Culled from PREMIUM TIMES

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