House Of Reps Call For Prosecution Of Killer Soldiers

Tunde Bakare

The minority caucus of the House of Reps on Wednesday, October 21, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to mandate the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who allegedly attacked #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday night.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Reps Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, who “strongly” condemned the killing of “peaceful and unarmed” protesters by security operatives at Lekki Tollgate as well as other parts of the country.

In the statement titled, ‘Reps Minority Condemns Killing of Protesters,’ the caucus said, “such wicked act of extrajudicial killing of defenceless citizens by suspected agents of the state cannot be justified or condoned under any rule or guise whatsoever.”

The statement partly read, “As lawmakers and representatives of the people; we cannot accept this gruesome execution of our young ones in their own country by security operatives.

“Life is sacred and no one has the right to terminate the life of another; just because he has the apparatus of state power.

“Such brazen brutally and defilement of right to life; which is at the centre of the ongoing protests across the nation; underscores the demand for an immediate and total overhaul of our nation’s security architecture.

“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the arrest; and prosecution of officers involved in the Lekki killing; as well as the withdrawal of soldiers from engaging protesters.”

The caucus also restated its earlier call on Buhari to urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture through extensive reforms; and urgent replacement of the service chiefs “with more competent and professional hands; to assist in effectively handling of the security challenges confronting the nation.”

The caucus commiserated with the families of the victims of “this heinous act;” while assuring them of immediate legislative actions that will ensure that justice is served.

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