Tribunal Reserves Judgment in Edo Governorship Election

11 Jan 2013

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole

Adibe Emenyonu  and Yemi Akinsuyi

The Election Petitions Tribunal in Edo State has reserved a later date to deliver judgment in the petition filed by Major-General Charles Airhiavbere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, as winner of the July 14, 2012 governorship election.

This however, came on a day Oshiomhole accused the police high command of allegedly having a hand in the murder of his former principal secretary, late Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde.

But Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Pindinga Mu’azu, who adjourned sitting indefinitely after listening to the adoption of written addresses by counsel to the parties in the suit, said the date to deliver judgment would be communicated to the parties concerned.

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole, who made the allegation yesterday, during the official unveiling of the Code of Conduct and Professional Standards for Nigeria Police officers, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to order the dismissal and subsequent prosecution of the Deputy Inspector General of Police  (DIG) and other officers alleged to have handled the killing.

The governor, who delivered the keynote address at the event was moved to tears when he digressed from the topic of the event to register his disapproval on how the police conducted investigation into the murder of Oyerinde.

“The man paraded by the police was already in their custody before my aide was murdered and the gun the police claimed was used for the dastard act was also with the police as at the time Olaitan was murdered,” the governor insisted.

He averred that the State Security Service (SSS), which also investigated the murder came up with the actual culprits and wondered why the police compromised their investigation.

“I am aggrieved over the murder of my private secretary and the way your men trivialised the investigation and in my view, I am saying it knowing that the vice president is here, he should take the message to Mr President. My private secretary was murdered in cold blood and in fact, a DIG supervised that investigation because even the president publicly ordered a full investigation into the issue,” he added.
The DIG, a sufficiently senior officer, came to Benin and did what Fela would have called ‘Police magic’ and in the end they went for a civil rights activist and charged him for the offence of murder.

“Number two, they wrote a report which is their own report under their signature in which they said and I like to quote” that the man who was involved in the murder was already under police detention at the time my secretary was murdered, the weapon that was used for the murder was used for armed robbery earlier, recovered and kept under police custody at the time my private secretary was murdered.

“So the man who murdered my secretary was in police custody, the gun he used was with the police custody and this is the findings of the police. So the only conclusion that can be reached is that the police ordered the killing of my private secretary and if they did that, the officer went off thinking that he had done a thorough job under a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force CID.

“The least obligation I owe to my secretary who was murdered even if that would cost me my office, is that the DIG force CID has a case to answer, its either he’s guilty of conspiracy to murder or he is guilty of conspiracy to shield murderer or both. In which way he cannot go on in police uniform. He must be dismissed. The DIG, who claimed he had done a thorough job, he has no business wearing the police uniform, he must be dismissed.

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