…We killed him in self defence—suspects
By CHRIS OCHAYI, JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA-The State Security Service, SSS, Wednesday, paraded six armed robbery gang which allegedly killed the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Olaitan Oyerinde.
The suspects whose names were given as Mohammed Ibrahim Abdulahi, Raymond Onajite Origbo, Chikezie Edeh, Saidu Yakubu (a.k.a Imam), Sani Abdullahi Abubakar and Hassan Bashiru, were arrested by the service.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the service, Marilyn Ogar, who address newsmen while parading the suspects at the SSS headquarters in Abuja, said ‘’investigation revealed that careless statements made by Ali Ihade, the security guard of Comrade Oyerinde, at various times about his master’s position in government, attracted the attention of the prime suspect, Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi, who consequently hatched a robbery operation’’.
‘’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’’, the SSS spokesperson said.
She said the suspects confessed to have shot and killed Oyerinde because when he (Oyerinde) ran into his bedroom and attempted to go underneath his bed, they believed he was trying to reach out for a gun.
‘’According to the robbery gang, Comrade Oyerinde was shot and killed by the prime suspect, Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullahi, when he 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.
Items recovered from the suspects which were displayed during the parade, included four blackberry phones, one ipad, two galaxy pads, one laptop, a wedding ring and unspecified sum of money belonging to Adeyinka Oletubo, brother-in-law to the late Comrade Oyerinde.
The suspects who were given opportunity to talk to reporters, openly confessed to have killed the late Olaitan Oyerinde, but said their action was in self defence, as he made his way to the bedroom after release of a shot to intimidate him.
They said they were armed robbers and had gone to the late Oyerinde’s residence purely on a robbery mission.
‘’Raymond na im first shut am, as e run de go inside bedroom, I come think say him wan carry gun, na him make i come shut am one time’’, Abdullahi said in broken English even as he had initially said the gunshot that fell the late Oyerinde was carried out by Raymond.
One of the suspects, Chikezie Edeh, a thirty year old indigene of Akpugo village in Nkanu LGA of Enugu State, said he was deported from France in 2006 for reasons he simply identified as ‘’having incomplete papers’’. He admitted receiving a mobile phone and an apple ipad computer as his share from the operation which he sold at the rate of N10, 000,00.
It would be recalled that in the early hours of 4th May, 2012, the Principal Private Secretary to the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, Olaitan Oyerinde was killed by unknown gunmen at his residence located at No. 65,2nd Ugbo Road, GRA Benin City.