BY OBED OLUKU….
Ijaw Women Worldwide, condemns the killing of a Niger Delta Youth and Father of two, Mr. Joseph Pessu by a trigger happy soldier of the Nigerian Army. Ordinarily, a soldier’s duty is to protect and defend all citizens of this country.
As a properly trained soldier of the Nigerian Army, the Covid 19 lockdown order should not in any way,lead to the killing of any citizen.
If by any chance a citizen defaults any of the stay at home orders announced at the state or Federal levels, there are disciplinary measures to be taken. No person lawfully armed or not has a right to simply take the life of a citizen.
As members of a respected Niger Delta women organisation, we demand that the Government of Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of
Delta State acts urgently to handle the situation in order to avoid further breakdown of law and order and take action to douse the incendiary situation and calm the anger of Niger Delta youths, who have witnessed too many instances of such senseless killings by soldiers.
We also call on the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the killing and bring the perpetrators to face the full wrath of the law. Every citizen has a right to live.
Furthermore, we demand that the unit to which the offending soldier is attached, identifies and hands him over for prosecution. We have witnessed too many instances of trigger happy maniacs being given soft landing and allowed to simply disappear without facing the law.
At this challenging period of the global pandemic wrought by the Corona virus ravaging the world, men of the military should be concious of their sworn pledge of protecting and defending citizens and the territory, not perpetrators of unjust killings.
As mothers, we demand for justice for our slain son Mr. Joseph Pessu. Justice must be seen to have been carried out.
Comrade. (Mrs.) Rosemary John-Oduone. President General. Ijaw Women Connect IWC-Worldwide.
Comrade. (Mrs.) Evelyn Mike Ogeleka.
Chairman. Ijaw Women Connect, IWC Western Zone. (Delta, Edo & Ondo States).