The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged attacks and brutalisation of widows in Imo State, by officials of the Imo State Government.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode criticised the alleged attack while addressing a news conference in Abuja.
Femi noted that the women were on a peaceful protest to pray for the womenfolk in the state against sudden widowhood.
He, therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police, to arrest and prosecute all persons involved in the attacks and brutalisation of the widows.
The PDP request is coming after a clash between some purported members of the PDP and All Progressives Congress, when some widows were on a protest to the Imo State Government House, to condemn the alleged and unwarranted media attacks by the State government on the person of their matron, Professor Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of State for Education.
Eyewitness said that the clash occurred early in the morning, when some aggrieved widows, all dressed in black attires from different Local Government Areas of the state, alleged to be supporters of PDP stalwart and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, marched towards the government house with coffin.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha while calling for peace, condemned the act by Professor Onwuliri, for instigating such action against the State Government.
He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to call his ministers and PDP leaders in the state to order, so as to prevent any further chaos and political violence in the state.
However, Mr Fani-Kayode has called on the Imo State Government to apologise to the women, stressing that the Peoples Democratic Party would resist anti-women sentiments and all forms of brutality against women.