Oshiomhole: They Can’t Kill My Fighting Spirit

05 May 2012

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole

- As Gunmen Shoot Dead Edo Governor’s Aide

By  Adibe Emenyonu 

Six days ago his convoy was presumably attacked along Warrake-Auchi road in Edo State by a truck that curiously veered off its track and headed straight for the staff car, missing it by the whiskers.

Three journalists were killed while others including security details, sustained various degree of injuries.

The following day, at about 2.45 am, the home of his information commissioner, Mr. Louis Odion, was invaded by four gunmen who also missed him because he opted to pass the night at a friend’s house located in another part of the city.

And in the early hours of Friday, his Principal Private Secretary who was on secondment from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde, was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

But a traumatised Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has said nobody can kill his fighting spirit.

NLC Deputy National Secretary, Oyerinde, 44, was shot dead by four gunmen who invaded his house located in Ugbor area, Benin City around 1.00 am.

THISDAY gathered that shortly after the gunmen stormed the compound, they tied up the security guard while two of them forced their way through the front door and made straight for his bedroom.

On realising it was Mr. Oyerinde’s brother-in-law who was actually sleeping on the bed and not Oyerinde, they immediately left him and went for the wife, Funke, asking her to lead them to the husband who, unknown to them, was sleeping in the living room.

On sighting him, they instantly fired four shots, one to the head, chest, abdomen and hip, killing Oyerinde instantly. The gunmen later fled without taking anything from the house.

Oshiomhole has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the police to conclude investigation and bring to justice Oyerinde’s killers.

He gave the directive to a group of protesters who demonstrated in solidarity with the state government over Oyerinde’s killing. He advised them to resist all temptations to resort to violence.

Oshiomhole said: “We have written a petition to the state commissioner of police in which we informed him of the meeting held at the residence of the godfather where they took a typical evaluation of the forthcoming election. They agreed it is impossible for them to win, but they also resolved at that meeting presided over by the godfather that they will take series of actions to intimidate my person and if possible to eliminate me.

“At that meeting they said they will kill under the guise of armed robbery, they will kidnap some people, many of my personal staff and some of our key leaders to pretend as if they are victims of kidnapping.”

The governor said he also informed the police that at the meeting they resolved that weeks before the election they would detonate bombs in parts of the state in order to scare people from going to vote.

He asked rhetorically: “What is our crime? Our crime is that we have mobilized our people, we have deployed public resources for public good and the godfather is angry. We have no apology for the stand we have taken and we will not slow down. The blood of these young men will fire me on to fight and defeat the godfather as there is no going back. They have killed my son, they have killed my brother, they have killed my people, but they cannot kill my spirit.”

Oshiomhole said: “If the police do not find the killers, if they do not do proper investigation on the killing of those journalists and Olaitan, as governor of Edo State, I will provide the leadership to the people to find solution.

“They must not fight like cowards; they should come and let us engage face to face. Like cowards they shot Olaitan on the head, they shot him on the chest, they shot him on the belly, to make sure he never survives. Why will a man in his eighties preside over the death of young children, why will an old man who has children, great grand children, supervise the killing of young people? Why will Airhiavbere (PDP governorship candidate in the state) who wishes to lead Edo State be only talking about tribalism? They are planning violence and planning killing.

“I want to serve them notice. We have the capacity, we have the men, we have the people and if they do not behave we can stop them from coming to Edo State. I have no cause to cry today, rather than cry, the blood of those young men will whet my appetite for justice.

That is why today, because their plan is to make us postpone again for the second time our campaign. We will go ahead because Olaitan in his lifetime was a fighter. I ask you not to be afraid, don’t be intimidated, don’t give up, if anything we should be more resolved. The godfather is finished and no one can rescue him and any old man that kills will have death awaiting his own children, brother and himself and when he dies he will be in perpetual fire.

“In the name of politics, these people are bringing violence to the state, they are killing, maiming and they are planning more. You will recall that in 2007 we lost three young men. You will recall that at the state House of Assembly they planted a bomb which was meant to kill our members in the Action Congress of Nigeria in the House of Assembly. Thank God the bomb did not detonate. You will also recall that they used machet cuts and tear gas to attempt to kill our members in the House of Assembly and in all of these the police have not done justice, those who tried to kill those honourable members, nothing has happened to them.”

Oyerinde read mass communication at the University of Lagos. He was deputy National Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and was seconded to work with the governor in November 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Funke, four children and aged father and mother.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Mr. Tony Iyare, said the sequence of sordid events coming each time on the eve of the flag-off of Oshiomhole’s campaign raises grave concern and therefore demands thorough investigation by the security forces.

Before Oyerinde’s murder, a member of the state House of Assembly, Hon Johnson Oghuma, was also similarly attacked by gunmen.
Oghuma who represents Etsako Central had his car riddled with bullets as he was on his way to Fugar, his hometown.

Odion had, at a press briefing last Sunday, raised fears that top government functionaries were being targeted for elimination.

Reactions to Oyerinde’s killing came in torrents last night.

Benin Monarch, Omo ‘N’ Oba ‘N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, expressed shock at unfolding events in the state.

Speaking when he granted audience to Oshiomhole in his palace, the traditional ruler said, “when I heard the news of the death of your private secretary, Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde, on Independent Television, I was shocked. We leave everything in the hands of God. We will keep on praying”.

He appealed to the political actors to play the game according to the rules.
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka also deplored the murder, saying “the agents of darkness and retrogression will not triumph”.

Soyinka said in a text message: “The hand of the assassin is clear as day. It reaches all the way back to the killing of Bola Ige. Please convey my deepest condolences to his (Oyerinde’s) widow, children and colleagues.

“Tell Oshiomhole we all stand by him against the agents of darkness and retrogression. They shall not triumph,” he said.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also condemned Oyerinde's murder, saying it raises a lot of questions, especially coming shortly after the yet-to-be-resolved ramming of the Governor's convoy by a tipper truck that claimed the lives of three journalists and a driver.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the killing of Comrade Oyerinde is also another indication of the growing state of anarchy across the country, to which the PDP-federal government has no answer.

It said if someone as close to the Governor as his private secretary can be so mindlessly killed in cold blood, shortly after what now seems to be a failed attempt on the governor's life when the truck rammed into his convoy, it’s logical to be concerned about the safety of the Governor himself.

''Yes, there may not yet be any conclusive evidence linking anyone to these incidents, but there is a growing concern that they may not be unconnected with the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state, especially considering the desperation of the PDP to 'reclaim' the state at all costs.”

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  • PeeDeePee! Death! corruption, anarchy, looting, confusion, aggression, retrogression, failure, injustice, Boko Haram. Who voted for these guys? Who will vote for these guys? Of course their own kind. Ha!

    From: Seyi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • God Dey

    From: Andrew Enaruna

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Very unfortunate of our politicians and police is not even helping matters.
    That someone like Adams is out to make a difference and those men that have milked this country to flat breast cannot appreciate his effort.Are we talking of party or people.
    EBELE JONATHAN GOOD LUCK.Ps live up to d challenges of ur office.Ur too weak to actions..biko.

    From: igbo 1

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • May tragedy and everlasting woe befall all those killing in the name of politics theor childen and their childrens children. They are desperate to start looting again. They shall not know peace as there is no peace for the wicked.

    From: Isaac Etsako

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • let us leave everything in the hands of God, the wicked shall never go unpunished

    From: abi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Securities in this country should hear this:- If 'Boko Haram' is beyond reach for what ever reasons. Political Killings should not be a hard knot to crack,the security situation in Edo state is not healthy politicians should not be allowed to taken peoples lives at will,immediate positive measures should be taken,else the development will go beyond reach as usual & more Nigerian lives will be lost,pls act now!.

    From: abubakar m isah

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • If 'Boko Haram' is beyond reach for what ever reasons,political killings should not be a hard knot to crack, the security situation in Edo state is not encouraging,politicians should not be allowed to be taken peoples lives at will,an immediate positive action is required so as to avoid the development going beyond security reach again.

    From: abubakar m isah

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Isaiah 43 vs 1 Says fear not for i have redeemed thee i have called thee by name Oshomole thou art mine. displace a telephone number on the net that people can pass information to our dear gov. What ever action they will take will bring curse to them and their generation yet on born any time they happly the road u construct for the people of Edo state especially in Isha part of Edo state Long may you live.You evil perpetrators listen what ever you do, to your fellow brother that you do on to God thanks

    From: Dankaka A. Bello

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • When 2 elephants duel,it is the grass that suffers.Nigeria has spilled so much blood for politics,in unresolved circumstances.This is my guide to the police in this case:
    1) The Governor should be interrogated on, when he got this information and what he did about it?
    2)To allow himself be subjected to investigation as well as those close to him.
    3)The same should be done for Olaitan's Household.
    4)All those accused by the Governor should undergo interrogation and subjected to investigation,as well as mobile phone and bank account queries.
    This should be done dispassionately.There should be no more cover ups.Enough Is Enough!!

    From: Emeka K Duru

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • PDP has come to fail......... The days of your anarchy and oppression is coming to an end........ This is the time to stand for the truth, we have wallopped in darkness for too long. PDP please let the people live...........PDP must leave................... In God we trust..........

    From: Hiz

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I dey Laugh oooooo. Who voted all these instruments of evil/devil and destruction into power sef. Na wa ooo. Matter too hard for that country. People playing politics by force through killings just because of looting that is in it for them. I beg, these PDPs are all devils, including the yeye GEJ..The so called president. The idiot is not fit to be president....How did he even graduate from the University....Cheating and microchips of course...We are in real trouble in that country ooo. GOD save us ooooooo. E gba wa oooooooo.

    From: Dotiminarie

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • It is sad that people no longer have fear in taking people's lives. They are perpetuating evil because they have nothing to offer. They had their chance and they threw it away. This is politics of retrogression. Please Gov. Adam Continue the good work as they can not destroy your good legacy. God will continue to uphold you and see you through another four years.

    From: Ritchie

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • This is most horrible indeed. Is this an attempt to take Edo State back to the dark days? It shall be stoutly resisted.

    From: Ahmed

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Which way Nigeria, which way to go? killing killing killing! is killing a way of life of is killing democracy?

    From: marvo

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • God will expose all the evil men enemies of progress because to me Governor oshiomole is one the best Governor in terms of work done so i consider every opposing party as ENEMIES of PROGRESS

    From: Ejotubu Oghenevwaurhe

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • It's a shame that we still have evil politicians lurking around Edo state Governor. Mr. Governor i can assure those planning to eliminate you are not far from you. Pls be more careful. We love you. I'm from Delta state but i you are my governor.

    From: Spiff McRaw

    Posted: 3 years ago

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