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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has received with deep shock and vehemently condemns in strong terms the mindless and heinous murder in cold blood of the civil society actor and human rights defender, Barrister Ken Asuwete yesterday in Port Harcourt. MOSOP has thus called on the Government of Rivers State and the security agencies to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are apprehended and brought to justice.

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has received with deep shock and vehemently condemns in strong terms the mindless and heinous murder in cold blood of the civil society actor and human rights defender, Barrister Ken Asuwete yesterday in Port Harcourt. MOSOP has thus called on the Government of Rivers State and the security agencies to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are apprehended and brought to justice.

Reacting to the ugly development, the President of MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara said today in POrt Harcourt:

"The killing of Ken Asuwete is bad and should be condemned by all especially all lovers of peace and justice as well as those that stand for a just society. It is unfortunate that our dear Ken is yet another victim of growing and worrisome insecurity in the state arising from questionable security lapses especially in the state capital, Port Harcourt".

"Whilst we are unaware of what may have led to his murder, we are sure that no one has the right to take any person's life no matter the offence as there are available options in our system for seeking redress rather than the resort to such dasdardly act."

"If the idea of killing late Asuwete is to create fear and silence vocal civil society actors and defenders of human rights and justice then they have miscalculated as the effort at bringing about a just and decenct society where people are free to express themselves must continue."

Signed:

Bari-ara Kpalap
Media/Public Affairs Advisor
MOSOP
August, 2016 

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