Friends of slain corps member seek justice

Friends of the late Ikechukwu Ukeoma, a member of the NYSC, who lost his life in the post-election violence in Bauchi State in 2011, on Thursday gathered to remember him.

The deceased was among 10 NYSC members who died in the post-election violence in the northern part of the country.

Pastor Ikechukwu Onwurah, who addressed newsmen on behalf of the friends, said that they organised a press conference as a second year memorial for the deceased.

Onwurah said that the conference was also a forum to highlight some ills still prevalent in the country and called for action to prevent such circumstances in which the corps members died.

He said that friends and family members of the deceased were sad that nobody had been brought to justice two years after the incidents.

He called for justice, adding that the incident should be used as a springboard for change and transformation, to ensure that their death was not in vain.

The pastor reminded the Bauchi and Federal Governments that they had yet to keep some promises they had made the families of the deceased corps members.

He noted that the promises to give employment to one sibling of each deceased, immortalize the slain corps members and also bring those involved in their killing to book, have yet to be fulfilled.

`No amount of compensation can bring back the dead; all we seek is justice and succour for the families of the deceased,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Miss Omowunmi Adeniyi, a survivor of the incident, amid tears, described the incident as a nightmare that would forever remain in her memory and appealed that all the unfulfilled promises should be keptMr Ayodele Deidi, the father of one of the deceased corps members, said that life had become very difficult for him since the incident..

He urged the Federal Government to ensure that justice was done to prevent a recurrence of such an incident.


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