Oshiomhole's private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde, assassinated

The private secretary to Adams Oshiomole, governor of Edo state, Olaitan Oyerinde, has been assassinated, Edo government officials say.

He was shot by unknown gunmen in his home in Ugbor GRA, Benin City, the capital of Edo state, at about 1:30 a.m Friday morning.

Officials of the Edo State government believe the killing of Mr Oyerinde is part  of a series of attacks targeted at the governor who is standing for re-election on July 14.

Only last week, the governor’s convoy was involved in a fatal accident, which left three journalists dead.

Government officials in Edo, however, believe that the accident was masterminded by opposition politicians as part of an assassination plot targeted at the governor.

Tony Iyare, the governor’s spokesman, said the commissioner of information, Louis Odion, has also escaped similar attacks in recent days.
The late Mr. Oyerinde was the governor’s think thank, central to his political and administrative process. He has worked with the governor since his days at the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Late Olaitan was born in Ilorin, Kwara State. He attended the University of Lagos and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication.

He started trade unionism with the Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria. He was also the Chairman of the Lagos branch of the Campaign for Democracy (CD). In 2001, he joined the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and was the Deputy General Secretary before taking a leave of absence to work with Governor Oshiomhole.



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  • Adams

    What a shame. Let those taking other people’s lives with happiness now know that they will not live for ever

  • nosa

    politics in nigeria is politics of bitterness.can u imagine the way the so called politicians re taking the lives of others what a world may these murdered souls hunt their killers till thy kingdom come and whatever motive may be behind the death of these marthy may they never accomplish their dreams in live.i tagged this war politics in edo state may God help us is children n may he protect is own.Amen

  • Desperate machination by desperate power seekers bent on ruling for sixty years!

  • beegee

    young guy! sad, very sad!!

  • Abuhanifah

    A show of shame indeed. When will our politicians learn that life is sacred? Ochestrating killings here and there under whatever guise- be it religious, political or otherwise has shown how we have debased ourselves to mere wolves in human clothes. It is quite unfortunate.

  • Hcredo

    Our politicians have traded their souls for power and money. Olaitan, may your soul rest in peace.

  • Tahirbunuhamza

    NORTHERN politicians are often accused of being “POLITICAL DESPERADOS” but yet it is only in the south part of country that you hear of clean-clear political murders and assasinations – and so apparently. We better start to understand who the desparados really are. May God save Nigeria.

  • aisha

    It is quite unfortunate, this thirsty for power and more power…Shattering other people’s dream in order to satisfy their own interest .Do this desperate people think they we live forever or what? It is just too bad my heart is just so full of sorrow. May this killers never experience peace…
    Mr Olaitan Yerinde sir, may your soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.