Members of pro-democracy groups, Concerned Nigerians and OurMumuDonDo Movement, on Saturday, visited the family of Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, the 10-year old boy shot dead by security agents during the forceful eviction of traders from the demolition scene of Ekwe Uku Market, Owerri. The eviction and demotion were ordered by Mr. Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State.
In a statement issued after the visit, members of the two groups said Somtochukwu's killing is a symptom of how the country's political leaders use state apparatus and resources to oppress the poor, relieve them of their belongings and kill them when they resist.
The statement was jointly signed by Messrs. Charles Oputa, Convener, OurMumuDonDo Movement; Deji Adeyanju, Convener, Concerned Nigerians; Adebayo Raphael, Publicity Secretary, OurMumuDonDo Movement; and Professor Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission.
"The murder of this 10-year-old child, the future and hope of his family, and indeed this nation, is unacceptable. This state of affairs where the Nigerian political elite murder Nigerians cannot be allowed to continue. We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his oath to secure the lives of Nigerians by ordering an investigation of the circumstances of this little child's death," the groups said in the statement.
They added that President Buhari, being Commander-in-Chief, has full responsibility to ensure that the country's security agencies are not used to oppress the people. They called on Nigerians to pray for and support the Ibeanusi family that has not lost a child and their means of livelihood, which was forcefully taken away by the government.