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CHEMICAL ASSAULT ON DAKUKU PETERSIDE AND OTHERS: OFFENDERS MUST BE BROUGHT TO BOOK
We the members of The Patriots Alliance (TPA), hereby strongly condemn the chemical assault by men of Nigeria Police Force on the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Rivers State April 11, 2015, controversial elections, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, and members of the APC at the INEC headquarters Abuja, during a peaceful
protest against the refusal of the controversial INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State, Gesila Khan, to release electoral materials for inspection by the APC as ordered by the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal.
As citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are aware that any aggrieved Nigerian has a right to peaceful protest. Therefore it beats our imagination why one DSP A. Ammana, along with other overzealous police officers attacked Dakuku and his colleagues with canisters of dangerous gaseous substances (tear gas) during what was generally reported as a peaceful protest.
We are very much aware that "tear gas" are lachrymatory agents used by the state to stifle dissent and to terrorize prisoners. Now the big question is this: when did peaceful protesters become rebels or prisoners? Why should citizens be treated as slaves in a democratic Nigeria?
We also know that the term “tear gas” is a misnomer. For one thing, “tear gas” seems to imply something innocuous— you would think it’s just a chemical that makes you tear up. In fact, tear gas is a dangerous, potentially lethal chemical agent which is outlawed under the Chemical Weapons Convention for use during wartime. How much more during peacetime?
In view of the above, we want to unequivocally state that The Patriots Alliance (TPA) will keep a close tab on this unfolding drama, and we will not fail to react within the ambits of the law, if we discover that Dakuku or any other member of the APC sustained any respiratory or other health problems as a result of this vicious chemical attack. We also call on the Nigerian Police Force to immediately arrest and prosecute those police officers who were involved in this criminal act.
Finally, it is worrisome that noble citizens of our dear country were manhandled and almost killed in front of the symbol of democracy in Nigeria - INEC. Therefore, we call on all well meaning Nigerians to rise up in defence of our nascent and hard earned democracy.