The Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Hon Segun Olulade, Epe State Constituency 2; has condemned in strong terms Sunday’s attack on the Senator representing Rivers Central Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, who was reportedly shot by the officers of the Rivers State Police Command.
While reacting to the incident, Olulade observed with dismay that security had taken a flight from Rivers State with continued stay of Mr Joseph Mbu as the state Commissioner of Police and what is obtainable in Rivers State is a near mad-man appointed to act a politically written script from above.
The incident which had been confirmed by the Personal Assistant to the Senator, Hon. Siranwo said Senator Abe had led members of Save Rivers Movement to a venue where they were to hold an inauguration and thanksgiving programme for the Obio-Akpor Chapter of the group, and that the Senator was shot directly by the police with a rubber bullet while the police was preventing the group from holding the peaceful event.
Olulade said he was surprised to see security men who are supposed to protect lives of the citizens firing bullets at unarmed people, including a serving Senator of the country. He said further that what happened in Rivers is re-echoing the dark era of military dictatorship in the country, an action that is not only barbaric but dehumanising, incomprehensible and tragic.
“The office of the Senator of the country is bigger than what Mbu and his principals understand it to be. The attack was simply politically motivated and no alibi can be accepted from the alleged Commissioner of Police to exonerate himself from deplorable state of security and threats to the lives of Rivers State people”. Olulade said
While condemning the act further, Olulade said the greatest threat is the way the Presidency has continued to keep mute over critical issues threatening the co-existence of Nigerians in spite of Mr President cynical messages of peace to Nigerians. “The President cannot claim to enjoin people to live together in peace and at the same time continued to overlook acts threatening Nigeria’s unity such as the situation that has persisted in Rivers State over the time. That is cynical and unfaithful to Nigerians,” the lawmaker.
Olulade who called for the sack of the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, however called on Senators in the National Assembly to speak against such unlawful attack on their colleague, otherwise they will be relegating the status of federal lawmakers in the face of self-serving political anarchists.
“Whatever the case, I believe the progressive class will continue to remain undaunted and resolute even in the face of threat and assaults on democracy as being perpetrated by the ruling party; and the progressives will continue to work hard until democracy is truly entrenched,” he concluded.