2019 polls: APGA decries escalating nationwide violence, lawlessness

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has decried the rising spate of killings, wanton loss of lives and state of lawlessness pervading the nation.

The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Henry Okolie-Aboh, on Tuesday urged the federal government to wake up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property as well as for the Police in particular and other security agencies to be up and doing in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities​ of maintaining​ law and order.

It said the party viewed the state of violence and brigandage in the country as if the Police and other security agencies have abdicated their duties and allow the armed herdsmen and terrorists unhindered access to Nigerian communities, killing and unleash mayhem on farmlands, homes, markets and places of worship without challenges​ or deterrence by the security agencies.

“The party is equally disturbed on the gradual lawlessness pervading the political system which is steadily becoming the order of the day. One of such lawlessness is the recent invasion of the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly by some political urchins, without any serious checkmate or arrest by the Police especially, and the other security Personnel on duty that day.

“Another instance of that is the last Friday invasion of a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, by some alleged thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to stop the Court from holding and possibly issue an order which could affect the party’s scheduled last Saturday’s local government congress in the state, to elect its officers, which disrupted judicial activities within the court premises without any reported arrest,” Okolie-Aboh said.

He therefore reminded the federal government, the security agencies and the political players that democracy thrives on constitutionality and rule of law and must be upheld at all times in the interest of the nation.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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