Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a Panel of Enquiry to look into the contradictory claims by the police and the State Security Services (SSS) over the killing of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, his Principal Private Secretary.
Oyerinde was killed in his residence in Benin City, on May 4.
In a statement, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Peter Okhiria, said:“The attention of Governor Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to the contradictory claims by the SSS and the police.
“While the SSS paraded some people who allegedly confessed to the killing, the police also said they have in their custody the same number of persons who allegedly confessed to the killing.
“In fact, the police have arrested David Ugolor, who is alleged to have been implicated as the sponsor of the murder.
“From the interface with the suspects paraded by the SSS, the governor was convinced that they were responsible for the murder to which they had confessed.
“The suspects also repeated to the governor the confessions they had made to the SSS that they were the same gang that tried to attack the Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion at his residence and their account corroborated that of Odion.
“Each time the governor asked the Commissioner of Police on the progress made on the matter, he said the case was being handled by the Force Headquarters.
“Following the arrest of Ugolor and the interest it has generated, the governor cut short his vacation, and upon his return to the state invited the Commissioner of Police to brief him on the latest development.
“Oshiomhole is surprised that about two weeks after Ugolor’s arrest, there is no concrete link between him and his accuser.
“One would have thought that such a link would have been established before any arrest is made.
“Like every other Nigerian, the governor is worried about the claims of two agencies.
“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.
“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 Ugolor.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, therefore, respectfully requests President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a panel or a crack team to resolve this national embarrassment.”
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