Oyerinde: ‘Am yet to get justice over the murder of my bosom friend’

By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-FOLLOWING the confusion that has trailed the investigation into the murder of the Principal private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde barely one year after his murder, the Executive Director of the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and bosom friend of the deceased, Rev. David Ugolor Monday lamentehet hat he is yet to get justice due to seeming failure of the police to come up with the real killers.

Saturday May 4, will make it a year that the former aide of the Governor was killed and the controversy over the two conflicting reports submitted by the Department of State Security and the Police as regards investigations into the murder is yet to be resolved.

However, Ugolor who was arrested and detained for over a month by the police due to the murder has vowed to continue to seek for justice to bring to book the real killers of his bosom friend and urged the Inspector General of Police not to play God over the murder of Oyerinde. Ugolor spoke while reacting to a recent interview by the IGP on the issue.

Hs words: “I will like to encourage the IGP not to play GOD over the murder of Olaitan. The lessons from  DIG John Harunna’s  death  and the  subsequent  accusation  should provide an insight to our IGP on how  he  deals with innocent people  who  are  also facing similar challenges”.

“The suspects they paraded three days after I was illegally arrested gave graphic details of how they carried out the dastardly murder of Oyerinde. The Police on hearing that the DSS paraded suspects who confessed to killing Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde were quick to dismiss the DSS suspects as fake. The police claimed at that time, they had the authentic killers as if they were in a competition with DSS. Why was the police quick to dismiss the DSS suspects?

“As a security outfit saddled with the role of investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, Nigerians expected that the police ought to have been decorous, patient and not outlandish  in relating with the DSS. Nigerians expected that if the police were sincere and were not up to any cover up as we strongly perceive, they ought to have calmly taken the DSS suspects from them as required by law, subject them to  further interrogation, if need be, so as to  arrive at an informed decision because all the items taken away from Comrade Oyerinde’s house, which included his cell phones, ipod, his brother-in-law’s wedding ring among others as well as the guns used for the operation  were recovered and tendered  by the DSS.

“If the IGP wanted to demonstrate to Nigerians that he meant well in the investigations, the suspects he received from the DSS ought to have been handed over to a neutral set of police officers who could then investigate them further to confirm the veracity of involvement or otherwise, reconcile whatever his first team had done and give him perhaps an unbiased report.

If for no other reasons, for transparency, to clear the doubts that were so obvious  around the Peter Gana- led investigation.
“Instead of towing that most plausible path, the DSS suspects were handed over to the same set of so-called detective led by DIG Peter Gana and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike who had messed up the investigations by framing me up using old suspects in various police cells  in Benin City as contained in their own reports” he stated

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