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Senator To FG: Investigate Murder Of Saro-Wiwa, Others



The senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Andrew Uchendu, has called on the Federal Government to investigate the murder of late Ogoni environmental rights activist, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and other prominent indigenes of Rivers State. Others are two former national vice chairmen, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), late Chief Marshall Harry and late Chief Aminokoriari Dikibo as well as Second Republic senator, late Senator Obi Wali. Uchendu made the call yesterday when the commissioner representing Rivers State in the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Hon Marshal Isreal, paid him a courtesy call in his residence in Port Harcourt.

The senator said, “To Nigerians, I believe this is the starting point in the healing process and the rebirth of a new Nigeria. For us in Rivers State, there are a few murders that we will like to be investigated and where necessary, Mr President should apologise on behalf of the Federal Government to Rivers people. “I am talking about the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Chief A K Dikibo, Chief Marshal Harry, and my own mentor, Senator Obi Wali. Rivers people would like to know what really happened, so that the souls of the deceased can finally rest in perfect peace. This will go a long way in soothing the nerves of our people. We are not trouble makers and we will continue to support President Buhari in this national healing process.”

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day and for the posthumous conferment of the highest national honour in the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), on the late Chief Moshood Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993, cancelled presidential election. In his remark, PCC commissioner, Mr Marshal Isreal, said the commission decided to visit the senator because as a body set up by an Act of the National Assembly, it needs to partner the legislature in order to effectively carry out its constitutional mandate. Isreal stated that the engagement with the lawmaker has given them more knowledge that will enable them to effectively inquire into complaints by members of the public concerning the administrative action of any public authority and companies or their officials, and other related matters.