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Lawyer wants attackers arrested, sanctioned



A legal and public affairs analyst in Cross River State, Leonard Anyogo, has sought sanction against perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Reacting yesterday in Calabar to the gruesome killings, the lawyer condemned what he described as unending genocide, noting that government had not taken the right footing in dealing with the situation.

He said: “It is a terrible situation because it continues happening and the basic thing is that I think the government of the day has not really stamp its feet on the ground.

“I have some fair chances in terms of the fight against corruption but the issue of herdsmen is quite unfortunate. To me, the killing is a genocide and we are not putting the same zeal and effort to check this very virus that is wiping us out of the nation. So, I believe that the killings are not just ordinary.

“We seem to be abetting it in the sense that none of the perpetrators has been arrested. None has been taken to court. So, it seems as if we don’t have law and order.

“The impunity is unending, so the time to act is now and we need that political will. Sanction is the element of governance. Laws generally without sanctions are mere musical instruments. Any government that is worth its value will exercise sanctions.

“So we must not just pray against the killings, but also take active and positive actions. We must go after the perpetrators and deliver justice.”

The constitutional lawyer went on: “The fundamental reason why government exists world over over is for security of lives and property. And to a large extent, I don’t think the Nigerian government has lived up to expectation.”

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