Elder Simeon Babani Abuh, widower of late Mrs Salome Acheju Abuh, Woman Leader of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ochadamu Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi, has cried out for justice over the killing of the deceased by political thugs, saying the light of his family has been put out.
The killing of the politician, in the aftermath of the celebration that trailed the re-election of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, in last Saturday’s governorship election, had elicited outrage from Nigerians who described the incident as wicked and inhuman.
Elder Abuh’s reaction came on a day the Police in Kogi State said they were almost at the root of fishing out perpetrators of the killing. Recounting events that led to his wife’s death in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, he said the attack and murder of his wife on Monday, November 18, 2019, was premeditated, adding that his late wife was resting from an earlier attack she suffered on election day when the house was surrounded and burnt by the thugs, with her inside. He said: “My attention is being drawn to various stories both offline and online regarding the sorrowful death of my beloved wife, Mrs Salome Acheju Abuh, on Monday, November 18, 2019, which happened at Ochadamu Ofu Local Government area of Kogi State Nigeria. “I am constrained to set the records straight, despite the heaviness and pain I feel at present. My wife, a devout Christian, a lover of peace who hates anything violent, was a grassroot politician/community leader. She was a women leader for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the early years of her political career.
She had her first elective position as a councillor in Ofu Local Government Council of Kogi State between 2003 and 2007, she contested for Idah Federal Constituency for House of Representative in 2007 and was the only woman among the contestants.
“She was also a Special Assistant on Grassroot Matters to former Governor Idris Wada. She also contested in the last general elections for the State House of Assembly in 2019, all under the PDP platform. Until this unfortunate incident, she was an active member of the party, a campaign team member for Engr. Musa Wada and the PDP Woman leader.
“On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Ochadamu Primary School polling unit, one of the attackers, in the company of other boys, told me that he was going to deal with my younger brother, Gowon Abuh, who is a strong supporter of the PDP.
Speaking further in an exclusive interview with Vanguard at his residence in Abuja, Elder Abuh said he had no prior grudge with anyone, wondering why his wife could be gruesomely murdered on account of political differences in a democratic society. He said: “Life has been painful, traumatic, devastating, heavy heart, full of pains. I lack words to describe the situation. The same feeling pervades the family. Our lives cannot be the same again. Our light has been put off. “Her presence was electrifying. When she appears, the house would come alive. Now they have killed her. It is like NEPA has taken our light.
It is painful. We have four children. As Christians, we leave this to God. We feel bad. We feel insecure. We feel that we will not get justice. I continue to ask why, why, why! “I am nursing the pain with my children. I am not aware if anyone has been arrested. You can see my phone has been off. My wife has gone, she has been burnt alive and we leave justice to God. “All I am praying is that the cloud be cleared so that I can go and bury my wife. And when I go to bury her, let there be peace. I plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, I plead with the IGP, I plead with the powers that be in Kogi State to clear the cloud for me, so I can go and bury my wife in peace.
I am a community man from a peaceful family. We had no issue with anyone.” On whether anyone has reached out to the family, Elder Abuh said: “No. Nobody has reached out to me except my family and church members, then my lawmaker in the House of Representatives, the former governor, Capt. Idris Wada, and also the PDP candidate, Engr. Musa Wada.” He asked the government to ensure the killers of his wife were brought to book, so the family could have a closure.
Source: Vanguard ng