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Gabriel Suswam Condemns Terwase Killing, Calls For Judicial Inquiry

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue North East), has condemned the killing of repentant Militia Leader in Benue State, Terwase Agwaza alias Gana, by men of the Nigerian Army in Gboko.
Suswam in a statement issued in Abuja, said Terwase’s killing after turning a new life from crime and criminality by soldiers was counter productive to peace already returning to the State .
According to him, in a situation where a criminal had surrendered for a new way of life after persuasion from elders and leaders in the community and later killed extra judicially by some State actors endangers the healing process as “this is the time to heal and not to kill “.
The statement reads : ” The events of September 8 2020 in my senatorial district where repentant criminals who had surrendered after extensive persuasions were singled out and killed extra judicially leaves a sour taste and has opened a gaping wound that requires all efforts to heal.
“It is no secret that my senatorial district has been traumatized and the people terrorized by activities of criminal gangs led by Mr. Terwase Agwaza alias Gana for many years.
” The consequences of this endless terrorism has been a steady decline of economic and social activities leaving a once prosperous people pauperized. Markets no longer attract traders, schools are closed and farmlands abandoned. Politics in the area has become war with an uncontrolled proliferation of dangerous weapons.
“No responsible leader will idly standby and watch his community become a theatre of war and a gangster’s paradise.
” It is with this solution mindset that traditional rulers, clergy men and elders of the area decided to utilize means of constructive engagement and dialogue to ensure that youths of the area do not become tools for the destruction of that society.
“The Benue State Government along with the security agencies have long desired for a return to normalcy, peace , prosperity and security of the area.
“We were all excited to see the dreaded Gana come out of hiding to the warm embrace of our Traditional Rulers, Clergy and political leaders at a public function at the Akume Atongo Stadium in Katsina Ala.
“Our joy was multiplied when we saw him along with his militia surrender arms and publicity renounce a life of crime. Our revered King extracted a pledge from him never to turn his kingdom into a wasteland.
“Those present at this forum heaved a great sigh of relief with the thought that finally, a life full of uncertainty has come to and end.
“I was totally dumbfounded to learn that while Gana was on his way to Makurdi the state capital to present himself to the State Governor who was waiting, his long convoy that included political leaders, Traditional rulers, clergy men and security agencies was ambushed by allegedly armed soldiers and he isolated and taken away.
“In the midst of the confusion, pictures began to circulate on social media of the bullet ridden body of Gana with a rifle callously placed on his side.
“While I have been consistent in condemning the reign of terror he unleashed on his community, I cannot in good conscience as a lawyer of over three decades and a senior parliamentarian accept cold blooded extra judicial murder of an unarmed person as a solution to our security problems.
“The lessons of the Boko Haram escalation after a similar murder of its leader are still here with us.
“If this method is accepted as a norm in our country, there will be no need for laws and courts. We stand to benefit more by subjecting suspects to due process of the law. Information extracted from a living Gana would have helped security agents get to the root of activities of criminals.
“By this gestapo style execution, we have missed an opportunity to learn vital lessons about the structure of crime in the area.
“Even war criminals captured alive are entitled to certain rights. The claim that Gana was killed in a gunfight needs further explanation because those who accompanied him and who watched him being taken away, including his Local Government Chairman do not believe he was in possession of any arms.
“An independent judicial commission of inquiry will unravel facts of the matter to serve as lessons for the future”

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‘APC And PDP Members Voted For Obaseki Because Of Injustice’ – Okorocha

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#EDO2020: OKOROCHA HAILS EDO PEOPLE FOR VOTING AGAINST INJUSTICE
When I saw Adams Oshiomole with Hope Uzodimma Leading the campaign I knew there will be no victory for APC- Rochas said
The President, Rochas Foundation International and former Governor of IMO State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the people of EDO for standing firmly against oppression by the dissolved executive council of the APC which led to the defection of Governor Obaseki to another party.
Okorocha insisted that some politicians have taken advantage of PMB’s honesty and patriotism to perpetuate unprovoked chaos and confusion in the party by neglecting the founding fathers of the APC stressing that he had forewarned of the catastrophe that might plaque the party urging Mr President to step-in to avert the total collapse of the APC.
He said;”It is not only PDP members that voted for Obaseki even APC members also voted for him.EDO people did not vote for APC or PDP,they voted against injustice. Edo people are not docile. They voted for justice to be done in EDO state”.

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Fayemi Hails Oyo APC Leaders Over Decision To Unite

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has hailed leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State over their resolve to unite and work towards repositioning the party in the state.
Dr Fayemi stated this in Ibadan on Sunday shortly after hosting a meeting of leaders of the APC at his Jericho, Ibadan home.
The meeting which was called to amicably reconcile leaders of the party in the state was a follow up to the one held in Abuja last week.
Leaders of the party at the Sunday’s meeting include a former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, two former deputy Governors, Chief Iyiola Oladokun and Chief Alake Adeyemo; Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare; former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; Senato Adesoji Akanbi, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Senator Fatai Buhari, governorship candidate of the party in 2019 election, Chief Bayo Adelabu.
Others include, state APC Chairman, Mr Akin Oke; Hon Shina Peller, Prof Adeolu Akande, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Mrs Yetunde Ajibola as well as representatives of groups within the state chapter of APC.
Governor Fayemi while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, said he was happy the leaders have resolved to close ranks and work together in the interest of the party.
He said the APC leaders spoke frankly at the meeting and came to the conclusion that they could achieve much by working together in unity.
“It is a fruitful meeting and I am happy all our leaders and stakeholders at the meeting resolved to work together to reposition the party in Oyo State.
As you heard His Excellency, Governor Alao-Akala said: there is no vanquished. All differences have been settled, We are now a united front as a party moving strongly towards retaking Oyo State and working in the interest of progressive politics” Fayemi said.

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“We Have Kicked Out Godfatherism In Edo State” – Governor Wike

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From results trickling in, we have fulfilled our obligations of kicking out godfatherism, First in Rivers, Now Edo, The power truly belongs to the people of Niger Delta, congratulations to my brother @GovernorObaseki and the big @OfficialPDPNig family. #EdoDecides2020 #EdoDecides

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