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Saturday, 25 April 2020

Abia Killings: Abaribe Applauds IGP, Cautions On Extension of Lockdown

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has applauded the police, particularly the Inspector General, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his prompt action in arresting the dangerous slide into major crisis in Abia State, over the reported cases of extra- judicial killings by men of the police force.

The Senator in a statement in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom also cautioned against the planned extension of a nationwide lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic, saying resorting to it would rather ignite major economic and security crisis that could hurt Nigerians majority of who depend on daily earnings for sustenance.

The IGP, Senator Abaribe said, acted wisely to effect the changes in the police leadership in its Abia state command as well as ordering an investigation into the various police killings, especially the Ohafia brutal episode, which resulted in violent reactions by a section of the citizenry.

Senator Abaribe however, said he hopes the measures taken by the police authorities would be far reaching enough and that the probe will unearth the culprits for appropriate punishment such that will mitigate against a further occurrence not only in the South East but every part of Nigeria.

The lawmaker who also frowned at the deliberate twisting of facts on the circumstances that led to the alleged police brutal killing of the petrol attendant in Ogbor Hill, Aba by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, nonetheless, appealed to the petrol workers (NUPENG) to exercise patience on their threat to embark on strike over the matter.

He added that; "It is unfortunate that a top government official would delve into a matter that he is not connected with to tell ugly tales, even when the police had owned up to the gruesome incident. Justice must be done in the matter, this I can assure. Notwithstanding, I appeal to NUPENG to wait for the outcome of investigation into the matter".

On the impending extension of lockdown, he warned that pushing for it could be combustible and counterproductive as the people seem totally worn-out in all ramifications to soak in further shocks.

"I will rather opt for a cautious and guided lifting of the lockdown where the existing measures like, protective barriers such as compulsory wearing of face masks, sanitizers, and other associated sanitary conditions and personal hygeine are enforced in public places.

"Aside from the above, daily disinfection of halls, rooms, vehicles, vessels, surroundings et'al, must become the new normal. Doing these would definitely tamp the hot air and guide our people to resume their normal life.

"My fear is that majority of our people in the informal sector are daily earners hence their survival is predicated on their going out daily if they must survive. Our people operate mostly in the commercial sector, I have the feeling that further extension of the lockdown would hurt the people the more", he said.

Senator Abaribe however, appealed to the authorities to seriously ponder on the economic and security implications of a further extension of the lockdown on the people and of course on the country as a whole.

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