The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chided the Delta State government for taking sides with soldiers who in a viral video threatened to unleash mayhem, rape and infect women with HIV in Warri, Delta State.
In a press statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Sylvester Imonina and made available to Citizenscourt, the party demanded an unreserved apology from the state government. Adding that the government has failed in her primary responsibility to protect citizens of the State.
Imonina added that the State government ought to know that “a threat to any Deltan(s) is a threat to the collective corporate existence and sacred humanity”. Starting that rather than condemn the uncouth Soldiers and demand for their immediate arrest, the state government chose to tell Deltans that the videos were fake, thereby creating more anxiety and confusion in the State.
The statement reads in part: “Based on an ugly incident resulting to recent death of one Mr Pessu, who lived in Warri, information was rife in the social media that some angry youth allegedly molested some men on uniforms. Though, the action of the youth was said to be a spontaneous reaction to the shooting to death of the said Mr. Pessu, discerning mind/most Deltans expressed their disenchantment with the reaction of the youth and/ or what happened.
“Meanwhile, as a fallout of the above, some overzealous soldiers threatened to unleash mayhem on women in Warri. Shockingly, instead of Delta State Government’s condemnation of such threat, and using soothing words to calm the nerves of Deltans, the Government, through its Commissioner for Information, told journalists, without investigating the veracity or otherwise of the threat issued by the misguided soldiers, feebly tried to cast aspersions/doubt on the viral video, to the effect that the video was concocted to create confusion and defame the Nigerian Army.
“Information in the news, available to APC, Deltans and Nigerians says that the soldiers who issued the said threat were later found out to be serving soldiers in 9-Brigade, Ikeja military Cantonment, Lagos State.
“The Commissioner for Information ought to know and should know that “a threat to any Deltan(s)is a threat to the collective corporate existence and sacred humanity”.
“APC, Delta call on the Government of Delta State to apologise to Deltans for the embarrassment and misguided statements used against Deltans and those whose interest is a better Delta State for the good of Deltans. There is no gainsaying the fact that Delta State Government goofed on this present issue of security threat to Deltans. Deltans deserve apologies.”
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