The Leadership of the Senate has condemned in “strong terms” the alleged shooting of Senator Magnus Abe by the police in Rivers State.
In a statement yesterday by its spokesperson, Sentaor Eyinnaya Abaribe in Abuja, the upper chamber of the National Assembly also “deplored the escalating political violence in Rivers State”.
The senate, according to the statement, called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to immediately probe the incident and ensure that it does not reoccur in the future.
It also warned politicians against engaging in acts capable of overheating the polity and derail the nation’s democracy.
“The Senate particularly condemns the Sunday violence which resulted to injuries on a serving Senator, Magnus Abe”, Abaribe stated.
Senator Abe, representing Rivers South East and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), was allegedly shot with rubber bullets and teargas by the police in an attempt to disperse a pro-Governor Rotimi Amaechi rally put together by the Save Rivers Movement in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Sunday.
The senator has reportedly been flown to London for urgent medical attention as a result of the shooting which a doctor, who performed first aid on him, said caused internal bleeding.
Abaribe said the “Senate is disturbed that what should have been a peaceful gathering turned violent resulting in injuries”.
He added: “On this score, the Senate associates itself with the admonition of President Goodluck Jonathan on his pronouncements to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, wherein he warned that no Nigerian blood is worth spilling in the name of politics.
“Consequently, the Senate urges the Inspector General of Police to investigate the latest incident and ensure that it never recurs.
“In the same vein, the Senate advises politicians and their supporters to exercise greater restraint and avoid acts that will not only overheat the system but may harm the country’s democracy”.