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.