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Josiah Fursum, a Plateau State chairman of Action Democratic Party, ADP, has been murdered in Plateau State.

This sad event occurred on Saturday [November 4, 2017] night and a statement by the party indicated that “men of the underworld” committed the crime in Jos East.

The Lagos State chapter of the ADP, in an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Sunday, commensurate with the family on the loss of Mr. Fursum and called for justice in his passing.

“The Action Democratic Party, ADP, Lagos Chapter has received with huge shock, the murder of the chairman  of the Jos East of our Party, ADP, Josiah Waziri Fursum, by men of the underworld last night,” the statement by Adelaja Adeoye, the publicity secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the party said.

“The entire leadership and members of ADP Lagos are in mourning with his family, his friends, political associates including his many followers across Plateau state over this shocking development.

“As a party that preaches politics without violence, we condemn such acts of brutality in its entirety and it is saddening that some elements still continue to carry out actions that are capable of destabilizing our democracy and our nation.

“Our collective will shall prevail against these Thrasymachyan ideals in politics.

“We believe that, it is the collective task of all Nigerians, especially our political leaders to continue to engage the political space, so that such political murders become a thing of the past.

“We call on the inspector general of police to act immediately and bring the perpetrators to book. The actors in this gruesome murder of our chieftain must not be allowed to go scot free as it will send a very bad signal in the run up of the so many elections coming up around the country.

“The capture of his killers will send a strong message to others who plan such atrocities.

“We pray that the soul of Late Josiah Waziri Fursum will be with the lord while his killers will be made to face full wrath of our laws,” the statement ended.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report referred to Josiah Fursum as the national chairman of the ADP. The statement from the party described him as such. The party has corrected that error and indicated that the deceased was a party chairman for Jos East in Plateau State.

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