Group demands sack of interior minister over Ekiti Prison attack

Posted by News Express | 2 December 2014 | 3,130 times

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Good luck Jonathan to sack without further delay the minister of interior, Mr Abba Moro, for alleged crass dereliction of duty.

The group also urged the Federal Government to implement concrete and comprehensive security measures to bring to an end the incessant bombing and violent prison attacks by suspected terrorists.

In a statement to the media by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emanuel Onwubiko, and the National Director of Media Affairs, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA in reaction to the spate of bombing campaign in Maiduguri, Borno State, Damaturu, the Yobe State Capital and Ado Ekiti the Ekiti state capital, the Rights group said President Jonathan must hearken to the voices of reason and of the greater majority of the Nigerian people.

It stressed: “Abba Moro has in the last one year showed monumental evidence of crass incompetence and the total lack of political will to make necessary changes in the administration and security of prison facilities across the country. He has recorded many failures in the line of duty, including the negligent mass slaughter of over a dozen job-seeking Nigerian youths, who were deceived to part with their hard earned money and were crammed into highly combustible and packed recruitment venues leading to series of nationwide bloody stampede.”

HURIWA regretted that a government that enjoys the mandate of the generality of Nigerians must implement the popular will of the people to protect them from unwarranted violence of all dimensions, including the frequent violence visited on prison formations and the freeing into the larger society hardened suspected terrorists to unleash greater and more deadly violence on the civil populace.

Officials of the Nigerian ministries of information and defence, it added, must wake up from slumber and jointly mobilize Nigerians to be in the highest state of alert and to remain vigilant to check the unprecedented state of terrorist attacks.

“The Federal Government should also take extra ordinary measures to formidably equip the military and also train all law abiding Nigerian adults to be ready to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria that is currently under massive attacks from within and without.

 “Besides, Nigeria should report to the United Nations Security Council the suspected liaison of the Chadian government and Nigerian based terrorists. There is the urgent global need to probe the links between chieftains of Boko Haram and the Chadian head of state. The UN must investigate the sources of arms and weapons deployed by the armed terrorists,'' the group stated.

•Photo shows Interior Minister Abba Moro.

Source: News Express

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