PDP urges NASS to investigate killing of soldiers

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday urged the National Assembly to commence an extensive investigation into alleged compromises that led to the killing of over 100 Nigerian soldiers by insurgents.

It stated that this had become inevitable particularly as the Buhari Presidency had allegedly refused to come forth with explanations on the issue.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, also accused the Presidency of condoning extra-judicial killing in the country.

He demanded an immediate forensic inquiry into the reported killing of a principal witness in the Offa robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, in the custody of the police.

According to him, the legislative investigation on the killing of the soldiers had become imperative given reports of alleged compromises and alleged failure of the authorities to promptly act on a reported threat by insurgents to attack the base and other military locations in the area, few days before the attack.

He stated that this was in addition to a disturbing video, circulating in the public domain, showing soldiers, weeks before the attack, giving accounts of their neglect by the authorities, resulting in their vulnerability to insurgents.

Ologbondiyan said, “This is particularly worrisome given apprehensions that President Muhammadu Buhari has been distracting the military by dragging our service chiefs to participate in his re-election campaign activities, instead of concentrating on their statutory duties.

“Moreover, the apparent insensitivity of the Buhari Presidency to the killing as well as alleged moves by the authorities to sweep the matter under the carpet has created despondency among the citizens.

“The PDP therefore urges the National Assembly to unravel the compromises leading to the killing of our soldiers and those behind them.”

According to him, the PDP insisted that an inquest into the extra-judicial killing of the principal suspect in the Offa robbery had become essential following alleged conflicting reports by the police over the cause and circumstances surrounding the death in its custody.

He urged Nigerians to note that the police had initially claimed that the witness was killed in the course of arrest, adding that it later claimed that he died in the course of investigation, only to again declare that he was discovered dead just as he was about to be taken to court.

He stated that the conflicting reports by the police allegedly only pointed towards an attempt to cover a case of extra-judicial killing.

He  called for a public investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing, which, he said,  would require an open questioning of all those involved on the arrest and detention of the suspect.
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