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Lockdown: Stop needless killings by security agents, Ekweremadu charges Buhari

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Lockdown: Stop needless killings by security agents, Ekweremadu charges Buhari

Ike Ekweremadu

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately stop the security agents on the needless killings of alleged violators of lockdown ordered by the federal and some state governments to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Ekweremadu, in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, condemned the reported extrajudicial killings in several parts of the country by security agencies enforcing the lockdown order.

The former number six citizen, who is also a member of the seven-man International Parliamentary Taskforce on COVID-19, expressed sadness that about 18 Nigerians have so far been killed by the security agents according to report by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

He said: “I am deeply saddened by report from the National Human Rights Commission of the loss of 18 Nigerian lives in the hands of security agents enforcing the lockdown ordered by the Federal Government and various state governments.

“This is most unfortunate and condemnable, especially when we consider that the number of Coronavirus fatalities in the country, stand at 12, as at today.

“I call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the relevant security and government agencies to ensure that the reprehensible acts are thoroughly investigated and the culprits brought to book. We must ensure that law enforcement agents do not turn their weapons against the very citizens they are supposed to protect.

“While the lockdowns and other precautionary measures are very necessary for containing the pandemic, they must be enforced with every sense of professionalism, discipline, restraint, empathy, and above all, with utmost respect for human life, which the lockdowns were put in place to protect in the first place”.

The lawmaker condoled with families that lost their loved ones and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal repose.

 

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