PDP Condemns Poor Handling Of Shiite Protesters By Police, Calls For Inquest

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Monday in Abuja demanded an “immediate inquest” into the violent clash between security forces and members of the Shiite movement.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was gravely worried over the handling of security in the nation’s capital and the near breakdown of law and order which it said resulted in a stampede and disruption of public and private business in the city centre.

He said, “The PDP has noted that the development is linked with protests over the continued refusal of the Federal Government to release the leader of the group, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite being granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction.

“The party further notes the continued show of force and infringements on the rights of citizens by this administration.

“Furthermore, the PDP and indeed all lovers of democracy across the country are deeply concerned by the continued erosion of democratic tenets by the All Progressives Congress administration, resulting in avoidable crisis in various parts of the country.
“The PDP sues for calm while demanding an immediate inquest into the cause of this clash.”

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