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HURIWA takes Ayade to NHRC over death of politicians in Cross River


Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has taken Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the gruesome killing of politicians in the state.

In a letter addressed to the executive secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, the group accused the governor of playing politics with the recent murder of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains in the Bendeghe Ekiem community, Etung Council of the state.

Condemning the killings, HURIWA expressed shock with the state government for selectively probing the death of three members of PDP (his party), including a ward leader, Mr. Ayuk Ogar, but was insensitive to the plight of APC members during the unfortunate incident that also left many injured.

In the letter signed by the national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the national media director, Zainab Yusuf, in Abuja yesterday, the group sought proper probe into the incident.HURIWA, however, called on the governor to create enabling environment for a thorough, comprehensive and transparent probe of the fracas, to promote the rule of law and to guarantee equity and social justice.

It stated that it had been watching with considerable shock and trepidation, since the incident occurred, how the government would handle the clash and similar incidents in the state.

From all indications, it seems that the Cross River government has adopted a political approach towards finding out the exact circumstances that occasioned the conflict, HURIWA added.

The rights group also accused some groups with links to the governor of blackmailing the APC governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Senator John Owan Enoh, spreading unsubstantiated innuendos against him, even when he was not connected to the tragic parley in Bendeghe Ekiem. HURIWA also said that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing of Ogar and others.


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