Groups want lawmakers to probe police, SSS handling of Oshiomhole’s aide’s murder

Late Olaitan Oyerinde

The activists call for a public hearing on the investigations handled by the police and the SSS.

Some Civil Society Groups in Edo State have called for the immediate probe of the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service, SSS, over the handling of the investigation of the murder of late Olaitan Oyerinde, the former Principal Private Secretary to the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, last May.

The call is coming on the heels of the report submitted to the Inspector General of Police, by the State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, clearing two accused persons, including the Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, David Ugolor, of complicity in the murder of the deceased.

The DPP had, in a legal advice dated October 29, faulted police claims of the involvement of the duo in the dastardly killing of the governor’s former aide, saying its investigations revealed no “independent evidence” or “prima facie case” against them.

But in a petition titled: “Matter of Urgent Public Importance: Murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde and Complicity of Police in Shoddy Investigation,” to the Edo State representatives in the National Assembly, the activists demanded a public hearing on the various investigations by the two security agencies in the case.

The groups, in the petition signed by Obasanmi Jude, the President of Conference of NGO’s in Edo and Kaduna Eboigbodin, the Chairman of the Gani Fawenhinmi Movement for Good Governance, made reference to the controversy caused by the police and the SSS, each parading different set of suspects.

The recent report by the DPP however revealed that some of the suspects the police paraded as the killers of late Oyerinde on May 4 were already in their custody since April 24 while the gun purportedly used in the killing was actually established to have been in the custody of the Police since that date.

Twists and turns

The groups said they were shocked that the suspects, paraded by the SSS and handed over to the police, recanted statements they made confessing to their involvement in the murder.

“In fact less than 48 hours after they were handed over, the police had announced to the world that two of the suspects have recanted their statements,” the groups said in their petition.

“The intrigues in this case that has been running for more than six months now, has adversely damaged the reputation of Nigeria in the eyes of the international community.

“We believe strongly that there are elements pulling weight to cover the real killers of Mr. Oyerinde. The question we are all asking now is “Who are the Real Killers of Oyerinde?” they added.

The groups, therefore, asked for a public hearing and investigation in the death of Adams Oshiomhole’s aide. They pledged their readiness to engage the lawmakers in an open session on this matter.

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