Adoke: Why Nobody Has Been Prosecuted for Oyerinde’s Murder

28 Feb 2013

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole

Onwuka Nzeshi

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, has  given  reasons for the delay in charging any  suspect to court on the gruesome murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the former Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.

The disclosure came same day, Oshiomhole appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions and insisted that the police bungled the investigations into the murder incident which occured in May last year.

Oshiomhole recalled the  circumstances leading to the death of Oyerinde and for the umpteenth time  accused  the police of doing a shoddy  job.

Adoke who gave the explanation  Wednesday at a sitting of the House Committee on Public Petitions, said  no one has been prosecuted over  the  murder  case because of the conflicting reports submitted by the Nigeria  Police and the Department of State Security on their investigations into the incident.

The Attorney General of the Federation who was represented by Mr.  O. T Olatigbe, a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Justice, said that the conflicting reports have left the government in a dilemma over which of them was the truth.

According to him, the AGF was  confused because each of the institutions that conducted investigations is parading  different suspects and it had been difficult to determine which should be charged to court for the murder.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Uzo Azubuike (PDP/Abia), expressed disappointment  at the revelation and wondered where the country was going if the  security agencies and the AGF could be in such a  helpless situation.

It could be recalled that  two sets of suspects were arrested in connection with the murder. These suspects are  currently in police detention awaiting directives from the  office of the AGF to take a decision on which set should  face the law.

Otaigbe  said  that the AGF was  already  studying the police report on the incident before the DSS report came  and threw them into confusion.
According to him, both reports  appeared  convincing going by their contents.

In a separate presentation, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Justice, Mr. Oluwole Iyamu, also  faulted the report of police investigations into the murder.

Iyamu    accused the police of presenting a report that was untenable.
He said that contrary to the normal course of events, both  the suspects and the weapons  paraded by the police  that the police as evidence were already in police custody before the day Oyerinde was killed.
The police, however, denied doing a shoddy job.

Mr Peter Gana, a Deputy Inspector General of Police who was at the hearing, described Oshiomhole's accusations as baseless and insisted on the validity on the report  of its own investigation on the matter.

Director General of the State Security Service (SSS), Ekpeyong Ita,  told the committee  how the service  used  details of the IMEI  numbers of Oyeride's phones that were stolen by his assailants  to trace and arrest them.

He disclosed  that the phone particulars  were obtained  from mobile phone service providers to which Oyerinde subscribed while alive.
Ekpenyong said that the phones  were  sold out to unsuspecting members of the public as fairly used handsets.

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