By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN — FOLLOWING the confusion that had trailed the investigation into the murder of Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde, former Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, about a year ago, Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ and bosom friend of the deceased, Rev. David Ugolor, has asked the Inspector-General of Police not to play God over the murder.
It will be one year on Saturday, May 4, when the former governor’s aide was killed, while the controversy over the two conflicting reports submitted by the Department of State Security and the Police, as regards investigations into the murder, was yet to be resolved.
However, Ugolor, who was arrested and detained for over a month by the police over the murder, had vowed to continue to fight, until Oyerinde’s killers were brought to book.
While reacting to a recent interview by the IG on the issue, Ugolor said: “I will encourage the IG not to play God with the murder of Olaitan.
“The suspects they paraded three days after I was illegally arrested gave graphic details of how they carried out the murder of Oyerinde.
“The Police, on hearing that the Department of State Security, DSS, paraded suspects, who confessed to killing Olaitan Oyerinde, were quick to dismiss the DSS suspects as fake.
“The police claimed at the time that they had the authentic killers as if they were in a competition with DSS. Why was the police quick to dismiss the DSS suspects?
“If the IG wants 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.
“They could then investigate them further to confirm the veracity of their involvement or otherwise, reconcile whatever his first team had done and give him perhaps an unbiased report.
“If for no other reason, for transparency. This will clear the doubts that were so obvious with 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.”
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