YARPTI CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF PORT HARCOURT HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST KENNETH ATSUWETE

YARPTI CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF PORT HARCOURT  HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST KENNETH  ATSUWETE

By Joy Tobin

A human rights  group Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI)  has strongly condemned the murder of  Kenneth  Atsuwete, a popular Port Harcourt based Human Rights Activist. Mr. Atsuwete, an Itsekiri from Delta State and lawyer to the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, was assassinated on Monday morning at his house in Aluu, near the University of Port Harcourt.

The group in a statement sent to media houses described the Human rights lawyer’s murder as shocking. “We are calling for a thorough investigation into Atsuwete’s murder that will ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. We urge the Nigerian authorities to investigate this murder and to protect human rights activists. A free civil society is a vital element of a stable and prosperous Nigeria.’’ Kenneth Uwadi the President of YARPTI said.

This murder is a cowardice act. It is essential that the authorities guarantee the safety of activists and journalists and that a thorough  investigation into this  crime  ensures those who did this  do not go unpunished. The group also called  on Nigerians  to condemn  the too many cases of  killings currently going on in the nation In  the strongest terms.

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