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Buhari reacts to Kogi PDP women leader’s murder, says primitive, reprehensible

…orders investigation

 

Barely a week after the heinous murder of a Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Leader, Mrs Achejuh Abuh, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the incident, calling it a primitive behavior.

 

He has, therefore, directed the security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the roasting of the woman at her home by thugs in a post-election orgy of celebration.

 

Shortly after Gov. Yahaya Bello of All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the Nov. 16 poll, a wild celebration had engulfed some parts of the state and in the process, the PDP women leader was burnt alive in her house wet with petrol.

 

Abuh was also a member of the Wada/Aro PDP Governorship Campaign Council.

 

Horror-stricken widower of Mrs Salome Abuh, Elder Simeon Abuh, had called on the authorities to swing into action and bring perpetrators to justice.

 

He said the brutal murder of Salome and the wanton destruction of properties at Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government Area was premeditated.

 

But President Buhari assured that justice would be served on the incident upon conclusion of the investigation, saying such a behavior should not be condoned.

 

“The President decries whatever could spur anyone to take the life of another human being, particularly a woman, who was burnt to death in her home in the most gruesome manner.

 

“President Buhari charges all security agencies involved in the investigation to do a thorough and expeditious job on the matter, so that justice could be served without fear or favour”, his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said on Sunday.

 

Buhari said he shared in the grief of the family of the deceased, giving them the assurance that the law would take its full course.

 

He said: “We must learn to behave decently, whether during elections or at other times. No life should be taken wantonly under any guise, and the fact that this reprehensible act occurred two days after voting shows primitive behavior which should not be accepted in a decent society.

 

“Such evil doers must be brought to justice, irrespective of whatever allegiances they hold

 

“The killing has gone beyond politics …it is a descent to barbarism.”

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