NUJ, Rights Com­mis­sion, others de­nounce Anam­bra Church at­tack

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye (La­gos) & An­drew Agbese (Kaduna)

The killing of wor­ship­pers at Saint Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu in Anam­bra State Sun­day morn­ing fur­ther raises con­cern over Nige­ria’s grad­ual drift to an­ar­chy, the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) has said.

A state­ment signed by the NUJ Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Shuaibu Us­man Le­man,

Said, “The at­tack is un­equiv­o­cally de­testable and must be ad­dressed with all the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves and swiftly too… The at­tack was un­war­ranted, un­pro­voked and need­less. It can only be de­scribed as the hand­i­work of an emo­tion­ally hard­ened per­son or in­di­vid­ual of un­sta­ble mind.”

The NUJ said the level of in­se­cu­rity of life and prop­erty in the coun­try kept ris­ing, and called on the na­tion’s se­cu­rity agen­cies to rise up to their billings to ar­rest the trend.

Also, the act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, Mrs.

Oti Ovrawah has said there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the tak­ing of lives as the sanc­tity of life of ev­ery­one liv­ing in Nige­ria is im­por­tant.

While call­ing on the se­cu­rity agents to step up their in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing tech­niques to al­ways nip such killings in the bud, Mrs. Ovrawah urged them to ur­gently fish out the per­pe­tra­tors and bring them to jus­tice.

She said as the Com­mis­sion con­tin­ued to play its statu­tory role of pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights in Nige­ria, and all rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions must en­sure the se­cu­rity and wel­fare of Nige­ri­ans. She com­mended the Anam­bra State Gov­ern­ment for de­cid­ing to foot the med­i­cal ex­penses of the in­jured vic­tims.

On its own, the Global Amnesty Watch de­scribed the Sun­day at­tack as the worst form of evil against hu­man­ity.

The group in a state­ment signed by its As­sis­tant Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dr. Chinedu Chukwu, said, “It is be­fud­dling how any­body could con­tem­plate, plan and ex­e­cute such evil and pur­sue it to the ex­tent of snuff­ing the lives of in­no­cent per­sons and it is more wor­ri­some that the per­pe­tra­tors could con­tem­plate vi­o­lat­ing the sanc­tity of the sa­cred cham­ber of a house of wor­ship and go all out to pur­sue their plan where prayers are be­ing said in rev­er­ence to the Almighty God!” all

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