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House Summons AGF, SSS Boss over Oyerinde’s Murder

15 Feb 2013

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Late Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde


Onwuka Nzeshi in Abuja

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions Thursday  summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, and the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Ita Ekpeyong,  over the murder of the Principal Private Secretary of Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde last year.
Also to appear before the lawmakers are  the Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, the widow of the deceased  and her brother.

The summon followed a petition  presented to the House by the  Conference of Civil Society Groups, alleging that  the police investigation on the murder  was  fraught with inconsistencies.
Oyerinde was murdered in cold blood  at  his residence in Benin City, Edo State.
The incident led to the arrest of some suspects by the police but a  controversy soon arose when operatives of the State Security Service arrested and paraded another set of suspects on the same matter.

The confusion forced the  Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,  to  accuse the police  of doing a  shoddy job  in the investigations of the  murder.
In the  petition,  the  Conference of Civil Society Groups, berated  the police for unlawfully  detaining their fellow activist, Rev. David Ugolor, during their investigation even after  a court of competent jurisdiction had issued an  order demanding his release.
The petitioners who appeared before the committee to defend their petition, described the police prosecution of Ugolor as a ploy to divert attention from the real killers.

However, counsel to the police, Mr  Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), who was also at the hearing,  picked holes in the submission of the petitioners, dismissing their petition as tissues of  lies.
He said the police had nothing personal against anyone and merely responded to the legal opinion of the Edo State Director of Public Prosecution on the matter.

Gadzama insisted that the police did a thorough investigation, and that as the person who was last seen with Oyerinde on the night of his death, there was nothing wrong with investigating Ugolor to ascertain whether or not he had any thing to do with the murder.
Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Uzo Azubuike,  decried what he described as  the politicisation of a purely criminal matter.

Azubuike said that the invitation of the AGF and the DG SSS to  the next sitting on the matter might  help unravel the mystery behind the  murder of Oyerinde.

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