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Oyerinde: Civil society groups in Edo protest Ugolor’s continued detention

BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN— MEMBERS of Civil Society organizations in Edo State, yesterday, protested the continued detention of an activist and Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, by the Force Headquarters in Abuja, over the killing of the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole,Mr Olaitan Oyerinde.

Detectives from the Force Headquarters arrested Rev Ugolor, who was a close friend of the late Oyerinde last Friday, following an alleged confession from one of the suspects that one “David” paid them to assassinate Oyerinde.

But civil society organizations in the state cried foul, declaring that his continued detention is an attempt to divert attention from the real killers, adding that the way and manner the arrest was made was “clearly stage managed in order to indict an innocent person.”

Some of the organizations that protested yesterday on the streets of Benin City, include the Gani Fawehinmi Movement for Good Governance, Edo State Conference of NGOs, CONGOs,South South Youth League, Downtrodden Forum For Development, DFFD,Niger Delta Youth Congress, Voice of the Masses and 10 others.


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