The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja vowed that perpetrators of the violence that characterised the Rivers State rerun election which claimed the life of a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Samuel Okonta, would not go unpunished
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, who blamed the violence on politicians, described the crisis as a display of primitive political culture.
Okonta, an orphan, who was shot dead by some unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area, until his demise, served at Government Community Secondary School, Ukpeliede.
Dalung who attributed his death to the inordinate ambition of politicians, emphasised that “under the administration of change, this impunity will never be celebrated.”
He was speaking during a condolence visit by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmmud Yakubu, to the Headquaters of the NYSC, over the death of Okonta.
He said, “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerian politicians that in playing the game, officials for the match and spectators are not players, I observed that each time we play this our political game, our tentacles and anger are extended to wrong person.
“Politicians aspire to hold public office because they want to develop Nigeria. In doing this, they are talking of protecting the lives of every Nigerian. So, it is very bad and terrible that we cannot conduct ordinary election without conflict and crisis, just to protect our interest and innocent people will lose their lives. If they kill all Nigerians, who do we rule over? Are they going to rule animals?”
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, described the murder of Okonta as barbaric and vowed that the scheme would not relent until the perpetrators were brought to justice.
He called on the Rivers State government and community leaders to ensure that the killers are caught.
Olawumi said, “I want to use this avenue to call on the Rivers State government and the community leaders that they should do all things humanly possible to bring those who killed this young innocent man to book.
“We shall work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.”