NBM, others flay racial killings, police brutality, rape
• Betsy Obaseki, groups decry violence against women, children
The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM Worldwide) has condemned the killing of Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old 100 level student of University of Benin, after being raped by unknown person(s) at a church in the Edo State capital.
It also urged a strict probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 17-year-old girl, Tina Ezekwe, who was allegedly killed by two police officers attached to the Bariga Police Station, in Lagos.
NBM equally flayed the frequent killing of African-Americans, such as the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis white police officer, Derek Chauvin.
A statement by the group’s president, Chief Felix Kupa, called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the perpetuators of both crimes were apprehended and prosecuted, stressing: “We can not live in a society where citizens can just be easily molested, abused or murdered in broad daylight.
“I also call on all well meaning lovers of peace and justice to stand up against every form of injustice.”
Kupa added that NBM as an organisation “with over 40 years of black solidarity, activism and struggle for black liberation, anchored on the principles of social justice, equal rights, justice and freedom for all people irrespective of race, colour or social orientation, will not fold its arms and turn a blind eye to social injustice and oppression or abuse of human rights.
“Relevant US Government agencies and State attorney should carry out equal prosecutorial measures against such racial crimes.”
Meanwhile, the wife of the Edo State governor, Betsy Obaseki, has called for an end to the violence against women and children.
She was backed by the deputy governor’s wife, Mariam Shaibu, and that of the Speaker of the House Assembly, Yolanda Okiye; Egor Local Government Chairman, Eghe Ogbemudia and wives of council chairmen in the state.
Others, including the state branch of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), have condemned the murder of Omozuwa. The medical experts called on the Edo State government and security agencies to bring the culprits to justice.
Speaking with The Guardian in Benin City, president of Edo MWAN, Dr. Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin, added that the girl-child is the most vulnerable in the society, harping on the “need to protect every life, particularly women and children.
Leader of Talakawa Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, accompanied by president of One Love Foundation, Patrick Eholor, led a peaceful protest march across major streets and to the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Benin City.
The duo urged the security agencies to check the rise in criminality.