Senator Ben Murray-Bruce representing Bayelsa Central has condemned the killing of IPOB members celebrating the inauguration of 45th American president Donal Trump by policemen on Friday, January 20.
In a statement he released on his social media accounts, Ben Bruce urged Nigerian government to have respect for the lives of Nigerians.
Although he declared his loyalty to one Nigeria, Ben Bruce said it was however a terrible thing for citizens to be killed in reckless manner.
He said: “I strongly condemn the killing of unarmed IPOB members rallying for Donald J. Trump earlier today. I believe in one Nigeria. I also believe in human life. But even more importantly, I believe in the Nigerian Constitution that gives every Nigerian citizen a guaranteed right of assembly.
“This loss of lives should not be allowed to happen without the due process of the law kicking in. It must be investigated and the culprits brought to book. Human life in Nigeria must have value if Nigeria is ever to be valued as a great nation by her citizens.”
Recall that IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful claimed that about 11 IPOB members were reportedly killed by police in Port Harcourt, Rivers state during a march in support of Trump.
But the police has denied the report.
Nnamdi Omoni, who is the spokesperson of the Rivers state police command confirmed the incident but said no one died.
He said:"To the best of my knowledge, there was no casualty as the police merely employed minimal action, which involved the use of tear gas to disperse protesters.”
Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and economist Pat Utomi has said that the country is currently in deep crisis.
Utomi also said that Nigeria is on a rolling civil war.
Speaking the pre-convocation of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), the former presidential aspirant said there is a deceit by Nigerians regarding the condition of Nigeria.