Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women condemns killing of female politicians
By: Femi Mustapha
Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LANW) has condemned it in its totality the fatal shooting to death by suspected assassins of the Kaura Local Government Labour Party Woman Leader, Mrs. Victoria Chintex at her residence on Monday night, leaving her husband with serious injuries.
This was contained in a statement signed by Hannatu Ahuwan on behalf of LANW and made available to the media in Kaduna on Tuesday.
The statement stated that the killing should be condemned by all especially as the deceased was known for her active role in politics and the killing of only the deceased may infer it was politically motivated. We sincerely express our heartfelt condolences to the family, Kaura LGA and Kaduna State on this loss.
This incident, according to LANW is coming at this period of the 16 days of activism on violence against women and girls when globally activists draw attention to the negative impact of Gender based violence of which violence against women in Politics constitutes one of the inhibiting factors for women’s active participation in politics in Nigeria.
“The case of the killing of Mrs. Salome Abuh during the 2019 Kogi Gubernatorial elections is still fresh in our minds.
“It is on this note that LANW calls on all female candidates and politicians not to be discouraged from participating in the electoral process and to report any threats or suspicious actions to lawful agencies if the wide gap of women’s representation in politics and governance must be reduced
“This is also a wakeup call for the government to fulfil its commitment at the national, regional and international level to take proactive steps to protect women against all forms of violence and discrimination practices.
“LANW calls on security agencies not to leave any stones unturned towards identifying the perpetrators of this dastardly act and bringing them to book to serve as deterrents to other like-minded criminals or their masterminds.
“LANW urges all political parties to conduct their campaigns without the use of force or intimidation. In the spirit of the 16 days’ campaign UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls. STOP KILLING OF WOMEN IN POLITICS! ” The statement reads.