Governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole’s passion for ensuring human rights are not violated and justice is served seems to be unbridled as he continues to fight for the family of his deceased Principal Private Secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde to ensure his killers are brought to justice.
Oshiomole yesterday insisted that the Nigeria Police was shielding murder suspects involved in last year’s murder of Oyerinde. Appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, which held an investigative hearing his allegations against the role of the Police in the murder case, Oshiomole said it was rather too embarrassing that two security agencies working under the same government arrived at two conflicting conclusions on the case.
In his presentation, Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice alleged that the gun used to kill Oyerinde, was later traced to Esigie Police Station in Benin City.
He said that since last year, the Edo State Police Command had refused to produce the officer to whom the gun was issued to on the ground that he was involved in an international assignment.
“Since they had accepted that the chief suspect in this case was in their custody, no other explanation presented to cover this fact is acceptable.”
According to him, the Police violated laid down procedure in criminal investigation by submitting the case file to the federal Director of Public Prosecution instead of Edo State DPP.
Mr. O. Olatigbe, a Deputy Director at the Federal Ministry of Justice, who represented the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, admitted that the Ministry was in a dilemma as to whether it should rely on the report of the Police or Department of State Security, DSS.
Olatigbe said that the ministry found itself in the dilemma due to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force and DSS that investigated the murder case submitted two conflicting reports and paraded two different sets of suspects.
Another twist to the case at the public hearing was the claim by DSS and Police, that they had arrested self-confessed culprits, who took part in the murder.
Director-General of DSS, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, in his submission gave a very detailed account of the organisation’s findings, adding that his officers arrested one Lawal Abubakar, who was in possession of the late Oyerinde’s phone. He also said another suspect named Abdullahi, also in the custody of DSS, admitted shooting Olaitan to death although unintentionally. [VN]