Kogi Killings: Group demands thorough probe to avoid police compromise

Posted by News Express | 1 December 2019 | 656 times

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•Slain Kogi PDP Women Leader, Late Mrs Salome Abuh

A group, the Peoples Alternative Fronts, is calling for a proper investigation into the violence and killings that took place in the recent gubernatorial election in Kogi State.

In a statement signed by the Secretary, Eze Alloysius, the group said: “To prevent the Kogi State police command from compromising the investigation, the Inspector-General of Police should set up a special team of detectives to take over the matter.

“The team should also investigate the barbaric murder of about 10 other people which took place before and during the violent election. Furthermore, all the criminal elements engaged in the violent disruption of the Kogi State governorship election should be arrested and prosecuted since they are known to the police.”

The statement noted that “two days ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a ‘scrupulous investigation’ of the brutal murder of a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) women leader in Kogi State, Mrs Salome Abuh, aged 60.

“She was alleged to have been burnt to death in her sleep after the conclusion of the recent governorship election in Kogi State by a group of state-sponsored thugs.

“But barely 24 hours after the presidential directive was handed down, the Kogi State Police Command announced the arrest of the well-known criminal suspects.

“While the intervention of the President is commendable, the criminal negligence of the police authorities in Kogi State ought to be investigated. According to the reports of the gruesome murder, the house of Mrs. Abuh was set on fire while she was roasted to death in broad daylight without any attempt by the police to prevent the commission of such grave offences.

Like the Kogi State Police Command, the Fire Service of State did not take any step to put out the fire to save lives and prevent the destruction of the house.

“As if that was not enough, the police did not challenge the criminal suspects for committing arson and culpable homicide so brazenly until the President had to order their arrest and prosecution,” the statement declared.

Source: News Express

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