BENIN CITY – Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a high powered Panel of Inquiry to probe the contradictions between the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services (SSS) over the killing of his Principal Private Secretary, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde who was killed by gunmen in his residence in Benin City on May 4, 2012.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Peter Okhiria in Benin City yesterday said that the attention of Governor Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to the contradictory claims by two Federal Security agencies, the State Security Services and the police force over the killing of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.
“While the SSS paraded some people alleged to have confessed killing Oyerinde on account of armed robbery, the Nigeria Police also said they have in their custody exactly the same number of persons who allegedly confessed to the killing of Comrade Oyerinde. Infact, the police have gone ahead to arrest one Rev. David Ugolor who is alleged to have been implicated as the sponsor of the murder,” the statement said.
It added that the governor is convinced and impressed that the SSS did their job professionally, but the only matter that remains unclear is the motive, whether it was a clear case of armed robbery or assassination on the ground that there were two men in the house and the invaders asked Comrade Oyerinde’s wife; who is your husband. If it was a clear case of armed robbery, it would not have mattered who the husband was”.
The statement further noted that “the Governor is surprised that about two weeks after David Ugolor’s arrest, there is no concrete link between him and his accuser. One would have thought that such link would have been established before any arrest is made.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there are too many contradictions in the narrative of the police and their reluctance even to brief the governor on the progress as the chief complainant and also as the governor of Edo State. With the level of technological advancements in the world, and given the police admission that a lot of the exchange of conversation between the alleged suspects was on the telephone, the governor is of the view that the police ought to have established through the call logs, the evidence between the suspects before the detention of Rev. David Ugolor,” the statement added.
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