The late Mr. Oyerinde, an aide to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, was killed in May 2012.
The controversy surrounding efforts by the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security, DSS, to uncover the real killers of Olaitan Oyerinde, the late Principal Private Secretary to the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, continued on Monday, with a review of the reports presented by two security agencies throwing up more posers begging for answers.
A comparison of the reports by the two agencies showed that none of the telephone records purportedly used by the suspected criminals during the bloody incident was the same as the other.
Though the telephone SIM card numbers included in both the police and the DSS reports for late Mr. Oyerinde and that of his wife, Funke, were confirmed correct, the International Mobile Equipment Identity, IMEI and PIN numbers for the late labour leader’s phones were different in the two agencies’ records.
At the public hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions last month in Abuja, the Director-General of the DSS, Ita Ekpeyong, said, in the report he presented, that the IMEI numbers of the late Mr. Oyerinde’s telephone that the SSS recovered, and handed over to the police along with the suspects, were different from the ones listed in the police report.
“Mobile forensic analyses of the phones belonging to the victim, his wife, his brother-in-law, Adeyinka Oletubo, who was staying with them are: 08035137162 belonging to Oyerinde and 07051676455 belonging to Oyerinde, 08066278666—Funke Oyerinde’s phone and 08033058580 belonging to Adeyinka,” the SSS DG said in the verbatim presentation.
“The call data records of late Oyerinde’s GSM line 07051676455 with phone international, you know when you remove a SIM card from a phone; every phone has international mobile equipment identity so that even when you put in another SIM card, that international mobile equipment identity can always record. So, the international mobile equipment identity of Oyerinde’s phone 35469504311887 was obtained.”
“The CDR of Funke Oyerinde’s line 08066278666 registered as Labake Oyerinde with international mobile equipment identity number 35546504883586 was obtained from MTN Nigeria Network.”
“Also from this network was the CDR of Oyerinde MTN line of 08035137162 with international mobile identity number 357696041479100, the investigation team phone forensic analyses reveal that Oyerinde’s phone with international mobile identity number 35469504311887 was a black berry 9800 and was used in May, 5th of May 2012. He was killed on the 4th of May; his phone came up on the 5th of May by one Hassan Bashiru with GSM number 08035555536 between 13:36 hours and 17:20 hours in Benin City, Edo State,” Mr. Ekpeyong said.
Contrary to the DSS report, the police gave Mr. Oyerinde’s blackberry phone as (08035137162) IMEI records as 356841048771569, with PIN number 28E435B2. His other phone, 07051676455, the police gave IMEI records as 354695043258440, while the IMEI record of Oyerinde’s wife, Funke’s telephone line, 08066278666, as 355465048835860, with PIN number 26A284FB.
Meanwhile, the public is still awaiting the release of the transcripts of the alleged conversations the police said the suspects had with the Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, David Ugolor, where he reportedly agreed to pay them N200,000 out of N20million pledged to kill late Mr. Oyreinde.
Mr. Ugolor, who was arrested by the police as the principal suspect in the murder, dismissed the police report as fictional, saying he was framed up and detained by the police for reasons best known to some top police officials.
Though he secured his freedom through the order of an Edo State High Court presided by Justice Esther Edigin on September 14, the police is yet to obey the court’s order to pay him N5 million damages for unlawful detention.