The Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Andrew Uchendu, OON, has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to investigate the murders of some prominent Rivers indigenes.
Uchendu who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Procurement, said this in Port Harcourt on Friday during a courtesy call on him by the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Rivers State, Hon. Marshall Isreal.
The federal lawmaker commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day and for the posthumous conferment of the highest national honour in the land, GCFR, on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993, cancelled presidential election.
He said: “To Nigerians, I believe this is the starting point in the healing process and the rebirth of a new Nigeria. For us in Rivers State, there are a few murders that we will like to be investigated and where necessary, Mr President should apologise on behalf of the Federal Government to Rivers people.
“I am talking about the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Chief A. K. Dikibo, Chief Marshal Harry, and my own mentor, Senator Obi Wali. Rivers people will like to know what really happened, so that the souls of the deceased can finally rest in perfect peace. This will go a long way in soothing the nerves of our people. We are not trouble makers and we will continue to support President Buhari in this national healing process.”
In his remark, head of PCC in Rivers State, Isreal, said the commission decided to visit the senator because as a body set up by an Act of the National Assembly, it needs to partner the legislature in order to effectively carry out its constitutional mandate.
He added that the engagement with the lawmaker has given them more knowlege that will enable them to effectively inquire into complaints by members of the public concerning the administrative action of any public authority and companies or their officials, and other related matters.
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