…Over 1400 Nigerians lost to violent killings in first quarter of 2019…
Coalition of Civil Society Organization in Ondo State has urged the Federal government to prioritise security issues in the country so as to end incessant killings across the country.
This CSOs and resident also berated the government at the center over killings of over 1,400 Nigerians who died with impunity as a result of violent, political and extra-judicial attacks in the country.
They made this stance at a procession held in Akure, the state capital to commemorate the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all victims of violent killings across Nigeria.
The residents who unanimously spoke under the umbrella of Coalition of Civil Society Organization (CSOs) begged the federal government to rise up to its responsibilities and end killings in Nigeria.
Coordinator of CSOs, Franklin Oloniju who addressed the peaceful procession at the NUJ House Adegbemile,
Stated that the lingering cases of communal clashes, extra-judicial killings by the security agencies are threats to the country’s existence.
Franklin stated that the group came together to remember and also mourn the lives of Nigerians that were lost even during the last general elections.
“Here in Nigeria, we and some other organisations have decided to tag today May 28th ‘National Mourning Day,’ this is just to remember Nigerians who have died in the hands of communal clashes, extrajudicial killings by the police or military which has been happening over the years.
“The decision to make May 28th ‘National Mourning Day’ is for Nigerians to remember and mourn the lives we have lost. The idea is to remind ourselves and the government that there is a need to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“As the ultimate idea of government is to protect the lives and properties of its citizen. If people cannot sleep peacefully in their homes, transact business peacefully, I think they will be no country.
“And it is important that when there is no country, they will be no leader. There will be no country for leaders to lead, so I think it should be paramount as we are going into May 29th.
“A new dispensation is about to begin, there is a need for the government to prioritise the issue of security and make sure Nigerians can move freely with the belief that in their own territory their lives are secured and they have peace,”
Olamide Omoduni, lead Cordinator Enough is Enough Nigeria also read out the names of victim of extral judicial killings in Ondo state
1. Ajila Oluwaseun Motunrayo was raped and stabbed brutally right inside her Mother’s house on 4th Oct 2018
2. Abiodun Olasemojo and Ademola….. Wema bank manager and the accountant….
They were murdered @ Owo bank robbery, March 24 2015.
3. Abduljalad Mohammed, Wellington Emmanuel, Magari Aliu and Mohammed Iliyasu are the 4 NDLEA officers that were killed early this year at their checkpoint by unknown gunmen in Ikaro, Ose LGA.
4. Sunday Akindele( Operations Manager), Soga Bakare (HCFD) and five others including Police Inspector, customers at ATM machine were all killed by eleven –man gang of armed robbers attacked a branch of First Bank in Idoani in April 2019.
5. Yetunde Oluboyo Formal Deputy Governor’s Daughter) was killed by her facebook lover and buried inside the room He was leaving.
6. Olaleye Isiaka, was reportedly killed in clashes between members of two rival cult groups in Ondo town. 21ST January, 2019.
7. In March 2019, 46-year-old Ahmed was arrested by officers of the Ondo State Command of the NSCDC after complaint from his son that he was allegedly having carnal knowledge of his eight-year-old daughter. However, three days after his arrest over the allegation, the mechanical engineer died in the custody of the NSCDC at its Alagbaka office in Akure.
8. April 8, 2019, 7 killed in Ondo bank robbery.
9. April 4, 2019, Bursar shot dead as gunmen invade Anglican Church in Ondo
10. 18 Feb. 2019, Four NDLEA officers killed at check point in Ondo
11. 8 Feb 2019, One killed in violence at SDP campaign rally.
12. Gunmen kill 3 in Oba ile Akure
13. Dec.10 2018, Kidnappers tie to tree, shot dead at Rufus Goes polytechnic
14. 7 Dec. 2018, Two grandmother clubbed to death in Ondo
15. Apr 27, Ritualist killed 80-years woman in Ondo
According to the organizers, “The National Day of Mourning and Remembrance was a citizens-led initiative to express solidarity, and demand accountability for the security and welfare of all Nigerians. The resolve for a National Day of Mourning was consequent to the resolutions reached at a meeting of more than a hundred civil society actors a year ago in Abuja, to undertake a National Day of Mourning as a symbolic action capable of registering citizens’ dissatisfaction with the state of our national security, since protests no longer seem to impact the conscience of our political elites. Among other objectives, it seeks to:
Stir the conscience of our political class into developing the political will to protect our commonwealth through accountable governance.
Express solidarity with grieving communities across the country as we acknowledge and accord dignity to every single Nigerian life that has been lost, or disrupted, due to violent crises.
Rekindle our sense of nationhood by reminding ourselves that we are in this together, and that the office of the citizen is the most powerful office that can be occupied in this country.
Assert, as citizens, an end in our docility to no longer condone the narratives that seek to divide us”.
The procession which was a successful outing had in attendance Mr. Olamide Omoduni (@_omoduni) of Enough is Enough Nigeria, Folashade Bamigboye (@sade3nity)
Executive Director K&TRC, Mr. Franklin Oloniju of LAPDO, Mr. Oluwagbenga Ajongbolo of Follow The Money, Mr. Oludaisi Omokungbe of Technocrat Media|Africa, Oluyemi Fasipe (@yemiefash), journalists and bloggers among others were citizens, students, activists and residence of Ondo State.
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