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CSO Laments Death Of Nigerians In Election Violence

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A pro-democracy group, the Concerned Nigerian Citizens (CNCD) has condemned in strong terms the violence that claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians during Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The convener, CNCD, Dr Law Mefor who condemned the violence yesterday in Abuja, while reacting to the spate of violence reported in some parts of the country said the killings of innocent Nigerians during the polls have not been inspiring at all.

Dr Mefor also called on Nigerians, international community and international democratic organisations to be vigilant and ensure that votes count in line with global best practices.

Dr Mefor noted that no one deserves to die over a process to elect his or her leaders.

According to him, CNDC believes that the Nigerian police ought to have been more decisive in bringing such perpetrators to account.

He averred that the killing at the polling units have shown that the law enforcement agents, especially the police have not turned a new leaf.

“Since the emergence of the new acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief, believing that the police would quickly reform and get into full gear of democratic policing, but what has happened in this election, especially the needless deaths, have not been inspiring at all and have shown that the law enforcement agents, especially the police have not turned a new leaf,” he said.

He said that any politician sincerely interested in the progress of the country should not use the youth as cannon fodder for selfish ambition.

Dr. Mefor said CNCD will follow through with petitions to the IGP, Department of State Security (DSS), INEC, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff.

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