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Civil society flays attack on Aregbesola’s aide in Owan West

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 11:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Isaac Olamikan, Benin

 Members of the Civil Society Coalition in Edo State have condemned the brutal attack on Erasmus Ikhide, a Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Saturday, April 11 in the Owan West Local Government area of Edo State.

The soft-spoken Erasmus was attacked by the NSCDC official while in his home town to vote for a candidate of his choice in the House of Assembly polls.

Reacting to the issue, members of the Edo Civil Society Coalition said: “Our senior colleague was attacked on the prompting of a political thug as Comrade Ikhide went about the peaceful exercise of his constitutional right to vote.

“The Nigeria Police Force has up till now failed to effect the arrest of the vandals in uniform.

“We have therefore resolved to issue the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force a seven-day ultimatum to arrest the assaulters and commence their prosecution after due investigation.

“We have also briefed our lawyers to commence civil proceedings against the attackers and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, which we hold vicariously liable for the barbaric actions of its operatives.

“We finally wish to reiterate that Nigeria is operating a civil democracy and any acts that tend to depict the country as brutish and authoritarian will be resisted.”