Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lawyers demand sack of IG over murder of Oshiomhole’s aide


Late Olaitan Oyerinde

The Public Interest Lawyers League made the demand in a statement

A body of legal practitioners known as the Public Interest Lawyers League, PILL, has called for the sack of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; over the manner the police are handling investigations into the murder of the late Olaitan Oyerinde, who was the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.

A press statement by the group on Sunday, signed by its President, Abdul Mahmud, stated that the body had on August 19 last year expressed worry over the “shoddy” way the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, of the Police attended to the presidential directive that the killers of the late Mr. Oyerinde be brought to justice.

PILL also argued that the Nigeria Police Force presented a Criminal Investigation Report that was in all forms different from that which the State Security Service, SSS, presented to the Nigerian public on the first day of August 2012.

Police arrested and framed the innocent
The group, in its statement in August, also accused the police of arresting and framing an environment rights activist and reverend, David Ugolor, for the murder of Mr. Oyerinde.

‘’Nothing exposes the Nigeria Police Force for what it is than the insidious manner with which it treats the well-known environmental rights campaigner, Rev Ugolor,” PILL said.

Mr. Ugolor was arrested by the police following allegation that he masterminded the murder of Mr. Oyerinde. He was later released on the order of an Edo Court.

However, the group said the claim of the police was exposed as a lie a few days later by the SSS when its officers paraded five young men who publicly claimed they murdered Mr. Oyerinde.

“There are wider questions that the Nigeria Police Force must provide answers to here. The answers to these questions can only be provided by an Independent Public Inquiry, set up for the purpose of looking at the issues that the investigation into the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde has thrown up,’’ PILL also said.

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