Judge orders release of suspect in Oshiomhole’s aide’s killing

The police failed to appear, or produce Mr. Ugolor in court


A High Court in Benin, the Edo State capital, has ordered the release of David Ugolor, the Executive Director of the African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice.

Mr. Ugolor was arrested by the police based on his alleged involvement in the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, an aide to Adams Oshiomhole, the Edo State governor.

The police, who had earlier paraded six suspects, whom they claim murdered the governor’s aide, said one of the suspects mentioned Mr. Ugolor as their sponsor.

The suspects paraded by the police are different from another six paraded by the State Security Service (SSS). The SSS suspects also confessed to killing Mr. Oyerinde, a situation that has caused Mr. Oshiomhole to call for “a federal panel of independent investigators” to be set up to reconcile the disparity.

Mr. Oshiomhole faulted the police investigations saying from his interactions with the head of the police team, the police could not establish any link between Mr. Ugolor and the suspects.

Despite the bail, granted by Esther Edigin, the judge, the police have shown no interest in releasing Mr. Ugolor.

At Thursday’s court hearing, the police were not present. They also had no counsel representation nor did they present the suspects in court.

A Police source told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ugolor had been moved to Abuja where the investigation is being directed from. The source said the police want to go through Mr. Ugolor’s call logs for the past one year, to compare it to that of all the other suspects.

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