The President, Women Arise and Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has called on security agencies to ensure that no life is wasted during the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Okei-Odumakin recalled how lives were wasted during the elections in Kogi State last November.
While commending the visa restrictions placed on “election riggers” by the United States recently, she called for the trial of perpetrators of violence at the International Criminal Court.
The Women Arise president noted that such measure would deter security agents from being used to waste the lives of innocent voters for electoral manipulation.
“It is imperative we warn security agencies to ensure that no life is wasted as EDO state goes to election this weekend and Ondo state in October,” Okei-Odumakin said.
“We cannot forget so soon how innocent souls were wasted during the elections in Kogi. We still carry deep pains in our hearts about the woman who was hacked to death even after the elections in Kogi.
“While we commend the US for placing visa bans on election riggers, we would be glad to see perpetrators of violence during elections in Nigeria tried at the International Criminal Court.
“Such a measure will deter our security forces from being used to waste the lives of innocent citizens for electoral manipulation.
“It is important to let all those who will carry guns during election know that their own lives will be on the line for every life wasted.
“We have had enough of beastialities.”
The governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States are scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020, and October 10, 2020, respectively.