A coalition of women organisations have called on Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to fish out killers of Acheju Salome Abuh, said to a woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State.
The group, which included Women In Politics Forum, (WIPF), the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), and the Voice of Women (VW), related the Kogi killing last Monday to the 2015 similar of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Kano State, Munkaila Abdullahi, who was burnt to death in his home in Kano, along with wife and two daughters.
In a similar fashion, Abuh was burnt alive in her home in Kogi on Monday almost two days after violence marred election in the state.
Stating their stand, the coalition led by Mufuliat Fijabi, CEO, NWTF, said that the killing amounted to threat to inclusive democracy in Nigeria.
“We call on all relevant authorities to take action to bring all perpetrators to book immediately. An injury to one woman is an injury to all women,” she said at a press briefing in Abuja, on Thursday. According to her, there is a need to be an account in the matter.
Talking in an emotionally-laden voice, Ebere Ifendu, president WPF, said that the killing of the female politician is an attempt to cow women from coming out to participate in politics.
She said that unless the killers of the woman are fished out, it would be difficult to convince women to come out to do politics.
But the most charges came from Remi Odi, who claimed to know Abuh personally.
Narrating what she knew about the killing, she said: “I saw boys wetting the house not with water but with petrol before they set fire on it. The house crumbled, I have seen on my handset. I saw the head of my friend and her skull burnt and the fire was still on her.
“If Bello had not been announced as governor, as at today, Salome Abu is supposed to be under his protection. So, who killed Salome and who burnt her? We want Bello who is the Chief Security Officer of Kogi State to tell us who killed one of his subjects,” she narrated emotionally.
She said that there is need for women to rise up as that the culprits be brought to book. “For how long will women groups continue to make condemnation and ask for investigation? What has been done? Mary Slessor singlehandedly stopped the killing of twins in Nigeria; Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti fought against taxing of women in this country; Queen Amina of Zaria led northern women in a unique manner.
“Is this how women will sit down under the canopy and be calling on the same President who said the governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi states was free and fair to act?” Odi asked emotionally.
She also stated that the killings have been on for long.
“Did this killing start today? I watched what was done to the SDP governorship candidate, Natasha Akpoti on Television and I shed tears. Those who were calling her harlot, where did they see her? What led to that and did we not all go to the university? Were they better than us,” she asked.