Murder of Kogi State female politician is unacceptable- NCWS

The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) described the killing of a female politician during the recently-concluded elections in Kogi State as “unacceptable.” Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Laraba Shoda, who is the National President of NCWS, condemned the acts of violence being carried out against women before during and after elections.
According to media reports, Mrs Salome Acheju Abuh, a woman leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), was killed after her home was set alight in Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government of the State.
She noted that it was the fear of violence that discouraged women from being active in politics and on many occasion, acts of violence, intimidation and harassment were visited upon women and most times, the perpetrator (s) were not brought to justice. This fear has now played out before us and we find this wrong and unacceptable and call on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to please conduct a forensic investigation and ensure perpetrators of this heinous act to be brought to justice. “No-one should be allowed to get away with these kind of evil acts against a fellow human being and we condemn this in its entirety.”
According to her it is not a crime to participate in elections and mobilise for a party’s candidate, but it is a crime to take another person’s life. Nigerian women are not happy at the turn of events that led to loss of life in what should be a straightforward democratic exercise. She added that its time to shut the door on political and electoral violence in Nigeria by tightening and applying the law so that there are clear deterrents in place.

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