Assassination Of Olaitan Oyerinde: Police, SSS Have Two Different Sets Of Murder Suspects-PREMIUM TIMES

Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde
By Ata Udo

This is a bewildering case of one murder, two government agencies, different culprits

The police and the State Security Service, the two security agencies investigating the murder of late Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Secretary to the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, are holding two different sets of suspects, a development that has set off speculations that investigations into the murder would most likely be bungled.

While the Edo Police Command has some suspects, including a human rights activist in custody, the SSS is holding an entirely different set of suspects (which it has labeled armed robbers) at its Abuja headquarters.

The development appears to vindicate claims by critics that Nigerian security agencies were too uncoordinated to be effective.

Last Friday, a team of armed operatives of the Federal special anti-robbery squad (SARS) stormed  the office of a Benin City-based rights activist, David Ugolor, a close friend and associate of the late Oyerinde, and arrested him after the police claimed that one of the suspects arrested in connection with the murder had mentioned one "DAVID" as his sponsor.

Before taking him away, along with some items, the police team had also ransacked Mr. Ugolor’s private home, holding every occupant hostage throughout the over three hours duration the operation lasted.

The police had claimed one of the suspects in its custody had, on interrogation, named Mr. Ugolor, who is the Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), a vocal environmental and human rights non-government organisation, as the man who gave him N200,000 as part payment for an agreed N20million price to hire late Oyerinde's killers.

But during cross examination the suspect reportedly could not remember the exact location the transaction took place, neither did he know the way to Mr. Ugolor's office, house address nor his cell phone, apart from the mental picture of him always appearing on television to criticise government.

Just as friends and associates of Mr. Ugolor in the civil society declared a day of action in Benin City, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country to protest his continued detention and demand his immediate release, the State Security Service (SSS) came up with a twist that highlights the palpable lack of coordination among the country's security agencies in the handling of crime investigations.

According to the SSS, contrary to claims by the police that hired assassins killed the late governor’s aide, the killing was by armed robbers.

Parading the suspected killer robbers, none of whom included the man that claimed Mr. Ugolor hired him to do the killing, the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, said the murder was the outcome of a robbery operation that went awry.

According to Ms Ogar, it was a careless statement by the late Oyerinde's security guard that caused the criminals to pull the deadly trigger.

“Careless statements made by Ali Ihade, the security guard of the late Oyerinde, at various times about his master's position in government, attracted the attention of the prime suspect, Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi,” Ms Ogar told reporters in Abuja.

She named the suspects as Mohammed Abdullahi, Raymond Origbo, Chikezie Edeh (who claimed to be a deportee from France), Saidu Yakubu (aka Imam), Sani Abubakar and Hassan Bashiru.

Ms. Ogar listed some of the items stolen from the deceased to include four Blackberry phones, one ipad, two galaxy tab pads, one laptop, a wedding ring, and an unspecified sum of money belonging to late Oyerinde's brother-in-law, Adeyinka Oletubo.

According to the SSS deputy director, three of the suspects were directly responsible for the murder, while the others are associates who  are “habitual buyers of stolen items.”

“Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde was murdered in cold blood by the trio of Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi, Raymond Onajite Origbo, and Chikezie Edeh,” she said.

“On the day of the robbery, Abdullahi specifically instructed other gang members to tie up Ihade before they entered Comrade Oyerinde's residence so that Ihade will not see his face.

Ms. Ogar explained that Mr. Oyerinde was shot and killed by the prime suspect, Mohammed Abdullahi, when the deceased ran into his bedroom and attempted to go underneath his bed.

“Abdullahi said he believed Comrade Oyerinde was reaching out for a gun under the bed and therefore shot him,” she said.

She said the weapons used in the robbery operation, comprising three guns, have been recovered, while the suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

But Tunde Akanni, a relative of the late activist, says the parallel investigative reports by the SSS and the police “clearly shows that the entire security network in this country is a total mockery”.

“It means no one is save in this country if the agencies paid by the same government could be parading two different sets of culprits for the same crime,” Mr. Akanni, a lecturer at the Lagos State University said.

“There are lots of missing gaps and we just don’t know whose story to believe,” he added.
 

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There's a sceert about your post. ICTYBTIHTKY

hmmm

They knew where this things were kept in d first place. This guys are innocents claiming what they dint do cos of d money involve. After all they will send them to d North where they belong n d case will die

are we saying the sss shldt

are we saying the sss shldt ve paraded d suspect bcos of what the police ve done? it is interesting that all the system is not bad, at least the SSS was able to do the right thing, hence they deserved to be praised and not condemned. lets try to be objective in our reactions to issues like this. and weshld knw that SSS has its duties and police do, one may choose to do the right thing while one may choose to do the wrong. in nutshell there is the need for check and balance in our system(security) to checkmate doctored investigation.

THE REAL FACTS

TO BE HONEST WITH YOU,THE SSS HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB,THEY HAVE THE PROOF AND THE TRUTH HAS COME OUT,ASK THE POLICE TO SHOW THEIR PROOF TO JUSTIFY THE ARREST AND DETENTION OF AN INNOCENT MAN IN THEIR CUSTODY....SHAME ONTO YOU NIGERIA POLICE FORCE...AH AH

How people have been murdered

How people have been murdered in that region of the country? How many murders have been successfully prosecuted in that region of the country. Those people live and die on government funds, and they will continue to live and die on government funds, period. This is why Nigeria is in anarchy after their 12 years of running the country – it is about how to kill to amass wealth.

Nothing will come out of this and more people will be murdered. The murders of Bola Ige and Funsho Williams are still being investigated. Those who committed the murders are known in the local Yoruba communities. These are Yoruba on Yoruba violence, and high-profile Yoruba politicians and obas are involved in these murders. Forget this one and expect more murders!

Yoruba on Yoruba Violence

Nothing will come out of this and more people will be murdered. The murders of Bola Ige and Funsho Williams are still being investigated. Those who committed the murders are known in the local Yoruba communities. These are Yoruba on Yoruba violence, and high-profile Yoruba politicians and obas are involved in these murders. Forget this one and expect more murders!

Double speak

I know the police first came up with their own position on the case. The following day the sss came up with theirs.
It's suprising that given the length of time from the date of the assasination to date,the deceased's items are still intact.
I think sponsors of the assasination had a plan B incase the police have succeeded in having a headway in the investigation. The sss story is the plan B.

Polices are the great confusionist

Nigerian polices or whatever you may call them are the real confusionist- they are the most useless being to be suspected, how come the' outcome of sss investigation was not dito the police report. Some of them are the road owners in the mid-night, God will save us.

WHO DO AM? NA TONY ANENIH DO AM

Why are people so scared? We all know the politician behind this murder... They have been doing it and walking away freely.... They know nothing has changed....

What an embarrasment: SS say na Dele and police idehen.... me I say na pdp anenih

Shame

This is a shame

IGP,what are ur men doing?

This is a clear insult to our collective sensibilities.

DERI good boy there!

What happen to you today DERI, the new drugs by your physician must be working wonders. That's my boy, keep it up. First sensible post by DERI, please help me give him a round of applause......

press

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There is difference between suspects and perpetrators.

Why are people getting thier nickers twisted here.

Police can arrest as many suspects in the investigation of a crime.

A suspect is a known person suspected of committing a crime.

It is only after investigation, interogation and diligent perusing of evidence that police will be able to determine the perpetrator or perpetrators.

A name was rightly or wrongly allegedly mentioned during interogation, that person becomes a suspect.
So what is the fuss about?
SH reporters should educate and enlighten our people and not somewhat stoke up hatred.

SSS & POLICE

The security agencies in Nigeria are as duplicitous as their morally squalid political masters. One is nonplus that incrementally the SSS is becoming inebriated with obsession for publicity.The story of who killed the late comrade will have different stanzas but will never led to the truth.Those who killed the comrade for whatever reason may be beyond detection in this world,but they will meet judgement in the hands of the Judge who was a witness even of the most concealed plot.The security operatives may continue with their games but the comrade shall get judgement from the lord of immutable immaculation.

tales by moonlight-release ALL d suspect-IGP and SSS are Tivs

This is a classic example of the madness and the mess in the police and SSS. The moment you begin to witness these types of double speak and un-cordinated statements coming from our law-enforcements agencies, then you know big money is involved to help cover up the crime which was committted by some top government official or politician in Edo state. These politicians regardless of the political parties that they belong to, can with ease hire assassins to kill at will. This was how the killers of Bola Ige, Dikibo, Marshal Harry, and Pa Rewani an even Abiola were allowed to get away from the long arms of the law with their crimes. Until 9jas insist on knowing the faces behind the murder of the above named people, we will continue to groom in d dark with all these hired assassins in uniform-parading themselves along the corridors of power in search of new customers and 9jas to kill for a fee-animals

What is new?

I have said it over and over before that Nigeria security agencies are a mess. There are too many Agencies competing with each other with virtually no coordination among them.I Just cannot understand in Nigeria why simple things are made complicated. In Nigeria we need security agencies with defined roles. For example SSS can be responsible for any suspected political killing and all the investigations and arrests pertaining to it. All assists from other agencies should be in coordination with them. That way we avoid this present charade in the future. I have said it before that the reason a ragtag terrorist disorganization like satanic Boko haram are still relevant today is because of this type of visionless approach to security issues.

SSS is it, police is rotten,

SSS is it, police is rotten, inefficient, corrupt, incapable... Indeed a disaster. Rogues, maggots, swine, cockroaches!

looking at both story, you

looking at both story, you could see the SSS are the guys that did the real job, items stolen from the house were recovered including a weeding ring and phones which i believe included the wifes phones, its easy link the wife will surely know her properties, so lets try to be objective in this mater as its a sensitive case, now what we should be asking is, who asked the suspect in police custody to name divid Ugulor//////////////// the police save your name

dat 9ja for u de will torture

dat 9ja for u de will torture innocent people to confess of crime de dont no about. Evil posses Nation

Confused nation...

Some of these culprits if not all could just be innocent of this crime. All security agents in that shit country are confused fools. Don't believe anything you're told by them. I'm taking their claims with a pinch of salt until proven otherwise. Lazy fools!

scripit written by?

Na today,abeg fast forward this scene

na Today

Na today,abeg fast forward this scene

Yoruba on Yoruba Crimes and Murders!

Nothing will come out of this murder and more will be murdered. The murders of Bola Ige and Funsho Williams are still being investigated. These are Yoruba on Yoruba violence and high-profile Yoruba politicians and obas are involved in these murders. Forget and expect more murders!

this report biase & sentimental

this report is biase, unentical, sentimental & unprofessional. It is delibrately aim at targeting & undermining the country's security agencies. Rather than condemning all d security agencies, the report should have done an analysis & point to direction that would give further leads that should beg for some other questions, such as:
1. Let Police tell us how did get information linking d activist;
2. How come SSS has evidence & Police did not have;
3. Are those phones, laptops, ipad & other items with SS those of Oyerinde?
5. Did they force those suspects who spoke on National T. V at SSS office to speak?
More over since the report has highlighted that those indicting Ugolor do not know d way to his house & his phone number, is that not an iindication that the police investigation is suspect? Why cannt the report be objective & courageous enough to ask Police relevant questions.
But on this, I know the SSS are very Professional. The Police should emulate them

i can explain...

they were two dead bodies ....

PARADING SUSPECT IS AN AMERICAN VANITY

THE NIGERIAN MUMUS ARE COPYING! ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AND MUST BE TREATED BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER ARREST AS HUMANELY AS POSSIBLE WITH AN EYE TO THEIR BEING INNOCENT. FOR THOSE WHO WANT SUSPECTS VILIFIED OR DETAINED INDEFINITELY, SHOULD REMEMBER THAT IT IS BETTER TO LET 1000 CRIMINALS GO FREE THAN JAIL AN INNOCENT MAN. WE MUST ALL INSIST ON SPEEDY PUBLIC TRIALS FOR ALL SUSPECTS. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN DETENTION IN THE NAME OF BOKO HARAM SIMPLY BECAUSE NIGERIANS DONT CARE ABOUT JUSTICE. A PERSON IS NOT A CRIMINAL BECAUSE THE POLICE OR SSS SAY SO, YET WE SEEMED TO ACCEPT IT ON FACE VALUE. THIS MIX-UP MIGHT HELP TO AWAKEN US.

Well i guess d GEJ bug of

Well i guess d GEJ bug of confusion is biting into others..................

i agree with police suspect

i am very sure the suspect that police arrested is the real suspect bcs all those suspect pareded by sss non of them is muslim they are just using muslim name to black mail islam but ALLAH in his inFInate marcy promise to protect his religion that is why GOD himself make police to come up with different suspect so that it will course comfusion in the whole matter,GOD IS NOT SLEEPING.and one day he will reveal the truth.

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