OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the killing of a member of the House, Olatoye Sugar.
Sugar until his death represented Lagelu/Akinyele Federal constituency and he was the senatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) for Oyo South at the February 23rd election.
He was reportedly shot on Saturday by unknown gunmen and confirmed dead at the hospital.
Dogara in a twitter thread today, described the death as primitive and wicked.
“I received with shock, the sad and distressing news of the assassination of my brother and colleague, Hon. Olatoye Temitope Sugar, in Oyo State today. The murder of Hon Sugar in election violence today is primitive, wicked, inhumane, barbaric and highly condemnable.
“He was a fine gentleman, committed patriot, dedicated, hardworking lawmaker and worthy representative of his people. We mourn him and all those whose lives were cut short by forces of evil and soulless men. Our heartfelt condolences to their families,” he said.
Dogara while condemning the violence that marred the election, accused security agencies of aiding and abetting the perpetrators of violence.
He said: “Elections are not war and should never be, they are and should be for service to God and country and not conquest with the barrel of the gun. The rate of killings, thuggery, ballot snatching, voter suppression and other forms of electoral malpractices.
“Some aided and abetted by security agencies- in these elections portend great danger to our democracy and the survival of the Nigerian nation, since the will of the people as expressed in the ballot does not always count. It is unbelievable that 20 years after return to civilian rule, Nigeria is still stuck in the dark, primitive and uncivilised age where elections are seen as war and a do-or-die affair. The killers of Hon Sugar and all those who lost their lives in election related violence must be brought to book.”
Dogara therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a panel to investigating the killings.
“We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief to set up a commission to investigate these killings and bring the perpetrators to book,” he stated.