Reacts to contradictory accounts by security officials of the killing of his aide. | By Iferi Etuk

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to name a high powered panel to probe the contradiction in the investigation of the murder of his aide, Olaitan Oyerinde.
Police and the State Security Service have contradicted each other?s investigation into the murder with each arresting a different set of suspects.
In a statement on Wednesday, Oshiomhole called for an independent inquiry, even as he lambasted the police for a shoddy investigation. He said he was convinced with the SSS version of investigation.
The governor said he was carried through in the SSS investigation while the police deliberately barred him from information. Eventually, he was allowed to interview suspects arrested by the SSS, and the responses he received corroborates the events as he knew them.
However, police briefing he received was replete with ?inconsistencies and contradictions?, he said.
“The suspects also repeated to the governor the confessions they had made to the SSS that they were the same gang that made an attempt to attack the State Commissioner for Information, Hon Louis Odion, at his residence and their account corroborates that of Hon Odion who narrated to the governor that it was the vigilance group in his area that scared the attackers away. 

The governor is convinced and impressed that the SSS did their job professionally. 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.”
For the police, the governor said he was briefed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police heading the investigations after a certain David Ugolor had been arrested as the alleged sponsor.

The full text of Oshiomhole’s speech read:

“After listening to the briefing, the governor came to the conclusion that there were several inconsistencies in the IPO?s narrative, in particular the alleged involvement of Rev David Ugolor who is easily the most prominent civil society activist in Edo State and a well-known friend of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.

According to the DCP (IPO), some of the suspects had confessed one after the other to have participated in the killing of Comrade Olaitan in the course of an armed robbery operation. When they picked the 4th or 5th suspect, he mentioned that the person who coordinated the operation had told them that they would be paid N20 million to assassinate Comrade Oyerinde and the coordinator was already in the police cell.

The DCP told the governor that the Police brought the alleged coordinator out of the cell and put the question to him, to wit: the issue of sponsorship of the killing of Comrade Oyerinde and he admitted that it was one ?David? that contracted him to carry out the operation and that the said ?David? had paid N200,000 out of N20  million agreed between them.
That the following morning after the killing of Comrade Oyerinde, Rev Ugolor allegedly phoned him (the coordinator) to confirm that the job had been done and that Comrade Oyerinde had been taken to the mortuary. That at the identification parade, the suspect pointed to Rev David Ugolor as the alleged sponsor. The DCP said they have the call logs of Rev Ugolor, and when Mr governor asked if the claim of regular phone contact between the suspect and Rev Ugolor had been established, the DCP  said he had received the call log of Rev Ugolor and was yet to verify that of the other suspect who ?implicated? him.?

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. The governor asked the DCP if the N20 million had been paid to the suspects to which, he said no. The governor also asked if it was possible that a hired killer who had carried out a killing for an agreed sum could subsequently allow over two months? gap without being paid.

Again, the governor further asked the DCP if the suspect knows the residence of Rev Ugolor to which he said no. He further inquired to know how the suspect knew Rev Ugolor to which the DCP said it was through their transactions in foreign exchange. The question is if the relationship between Rev David Ugolor and the suspect was based on transactions in foreign exchange on two occasions only. How did David Ugolor conclude that in addition to foreign exchange transactions, the suspect was also a hired killer?

Like every other Nigerian, the governor is extremely worried about the claims of two federal security agencies, which, no matter what anyone says, at the end of the day, one of the arms must clearly be playing out a script designed to shield the actual killers and/or their sponsors  and it fits into the unenviable record of unresolved politically-motivated murder cases in the country, which Mr President, Goodluck Jonathan, has denounced publicly when he ordered the security agencies, in unmistakable terms, to fish out the killers of Comrade Oyerinde.?
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 governor therefore respectfully requests Mr President to set up a high-powered panel of inquiry or set up a crack team to resolve this national embarrassment.”

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