Oyerinde’s Killing: Reps Summon Adoke, SSS Boss, Others

Oyerinde’s Killing: Reps Summon Adoke, SSS Boss, Others

The House of Representatives on Thursday summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and the Director-General, State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong, to answer questions in connection with the killing of Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde.

Oyerinde was the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, before he was murdered.

The House Committee on Public Petitions, acting on petitions before it, summoned Adoke and Ekpenyong to shed light on the case.

The committee, headed by Mr. Uzo Azubuike, also summoned the Edo State Attorney-General, Oyerinde’s widow as well as her brother.

Those summoned are to appear before the committee on February 27.

Several groups, including the Conference of Civil Society Groups, had petitioned the House, accusing the police of conducting a shoddy investigation into the case.

Owing to the “inconsistencies” in the investigation, the petitioners said, the police arrested an activist, Rev. David Ugolor, even when he had no link with the murder.

The petitions before the committee tallied with the position of Oshiomhole, who last month berated the police for allegedly performing below expectation.

The CCSG, for example, complained to the committee that the police arrested Ugolor in a bid to shield the real suspects, who murdered Oyerinde.

The police have already hired Mr. Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), to represent them at the committee’s proceedings.

Gadzama made objections to the claims of the petitions in a response to the documents before the committee.

He said the police were in order in prosecuting Ugolor, as he was the last person sighted with Oyerinde shortly before his killing.

He added that the police had replied the Edo State Director of Public Prosecution on the matter before it went before a Magistrate’s Court in the state.

The committee adjourned proceedings on the matter pending the appearance of Adoke, Ekpenyong and the Edo AG on February 27.

According to Azubuike, there is an attempt by the parties to “politicise” what is ordinarily a criminal case.

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