All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside has condemned the upsurge of political violence in the state.
Peterside further described the killings in the state as barbaric, horrendous and inhuman.
The APC candidate made the comments during a chat with Vanguard.
“Some politicians in Rivers state believe they must get power at all cost and that is the root cause of the insecurity in Rivers state today. People are slaughtered, beheaded, burnt, clubbed to death daily in the state and nobody is saying anything about it,” Peterside said.
“The state government has gone to sleep when it comes to security as if it is not part of their responsibility. The situation in Rivers today is tragic, terrible, horrendous, frightening, simply inhuman. This is not who we are in Rivers state.
“24 persons were killed in one night at Omoku, 4 persons killed in Obibi Etche in one day, somebody burnt alive in Buguma, another person buried alive in Gokana, someone clubbed to death in Opobo and so on and so forth. What a gory tale fit for primitive societies. It is not only worrisome but it diminishes our humanness.
“Military presence in the state is more than justifiable and the story line being peddled in some quarters that the military are killing people is not true. What you have been hearing are stories by some selfish politicians who want the Nigerian military out of the area to enable their own army to continue to hold sway to the detriment of the ordinary people,” he added.
The increased violence in Rivers is believed to be connected to the State and National Assembly rerun elections which will hold on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
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