Felix Oboagwina, media aide to Oodua People’s Congress factional president, Wasiu Afolabi reiterates the insistence of the OPC for justice in the case of the murdered student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel.
The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has called for northern leaders and the Federal Government to immediately halt the ongoing ethno-religious violence in Sokoto and other northern states, as well as guarantee the safety of the lives and businesses of Southerners in the North.
OPC’s factional President, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, has also demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution by police and security authorities of the Islamic leaders who fuelled the crisis by directly mobilizing rioters and through making inflammatory statements, following the killing of the female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.
“These people must know that nobody has a monopoly of violence. Nobody should provoke Yoruba people. Northerners cannot continue to take the laws into their hands. We hold President Muhammadu Buhari and all the governors responsible for this provocative resort to violence by rioters. Northern leaders must immediately put a stop to this madness because it is capable of provoking reprisals from other parts of the country,” OPC said, adding, “Enough-is-enough.”
Condemning the killing of Miss Deborah Samuel in the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, the Yoruba socio-cultural group described her murder as unwarranted, barbaric and provocative.
Afolabi said: “We demand justice for Miss Deborah Samuel, whose life was so brazenly cut short in her prime. OPC demands that her killers must be hunted down, brought to justice and made to face the maximum punishment that the law dictates.”
Describing the spiralling riots as unjust and provocative, OPC warned that it would not fold its arms while Yoruba and Southerners were being killed and maltreated in the North by rampaging fundamentalists.
He added: “Equally, we note with much concern the provocative statements made by some religious and regional leaders, who flagrantly justified the killing of Miss Deborah Samuel. We demand that such disgruntled elements must be arrested and charged to court.” (ThisDay)