Civil rights crusader, and Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Reverend David Ugolor has expressed great sadness over the gruesome murder of human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Human Rights Alliance, Ken Atsuwete, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State yesterday. Ugolor has also demanded that security officials as a matter of urgency bring the killers to book.
In a press release signed by Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, Communications Manager of ANEEJ and made available to The Authority via electronic mail, Ugolor decried the alarming rise of politically-motivated killings in the country.
‘Even though we are saddened at the martyrdom of our friend and colleague, ANEEJ and the Human Rights Community will remain focused, undaunted and continue to vigorously pursue the purpose and vision for which Ken Atsuwete lived and died. Ken Atsuwete was indefatigable and committed to the struggle for Ubuntu in Rivers state and Nigeria in general’, the Rev David Ugolor said.
He continued; “ANEEJ therefore calls on the Federal Government to deploy with post-haste speed, the full weight of its men and apparatus of the Police High Command and set up an independent and high-powered panel to unravel the circumstances leading to the assassination of Ken Atsuwete, so as to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly to book”.
Ugolor further affirmed that ANEEJ seeks to contribute to the emergence of a just and equitable African society through socio-economic and environmental rights protection, institutional strengthening and people’s empowerment”.