By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Monday, took his oath of office for a second term as governor of the state, with a call on the Inspector General Police, IGP, Muhammed Abubakar, to produce the real killers of his Principal Private Secretary, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.
The governor, who expressed disappointment with the manner the police handled the case by allegedly parading innocent citizens as the killers such as the Executive Director of the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, stressed the need for President Goodluck Jonathan to insist that the killers be produced for the interest of Nigerians.
The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of the event, was filled to capacity as indigenes of the state from the three senatorial districts thronged the stadium to express their support and love for the Comrade governor and his Deputy, Dr, Pius Odubu. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa.
Oshiomhole used the occasion to pay tribute to his late wife, Clara Oshiomhole, the three journalists and the INEC and Police officers who lost their lives during the election. He assured that government would continue to stand by the families.
Reacting very angrily over the police investigations of Olaitan’s death, Oshiomhole said: “I want to remember and appreciate one man who left a very prestigious position in Abuja to join us in Edo State. Today, he is not here because some cowards decided to snuff life out of him. The assassins may have done their worst, but I am committed that Olaitan’s blood shall not flow for nothing.
“Those who killed him must be brought to justice. And I send message to the Nigeria Police that they have no alternative than to find the killers of Olaitan. If they do not, they will have no peace and I have the capacity to continue to harass them. President Goodluck Jonathan, on his part, must insist that the Nigeria Police must bring the killers of Olaitan to justice.
“We will sustain this fight, not because he is gone. We will sustain the fight because of the rest of us who are living so that never again should the police conspire to shield those who kill and parade innocent people like they did with David Ugolor. We must trouble them, we must harass them until they submit to the logic of their uniform. He is not here but his spirit is here with us.”
Recalling the situation of things before he took over office in 2008, Oshiomhole said: “By 2008, Edo State was only referred to in negative terms. Our politics was being manipulated by a handful of godfathers. The economy of the state was in shambles. Infrastructures were in a state of decay. Our leaders of tomorrow, the children, were in primary schools without roofs. Benin City was a city that was only being referred to as ancient, our people no longer looked forward to raining season.
“In Esanland, there was no water. Afemai people were too far from civilization. Every where we looked at, life was miserable. Pensioners could not get their pay. And today, I am happy to say that Edo is viable and the dream of our founding fathers must be restored. Our people have the capacity to reposition Edo State and today, all of that have become a reality.
We have built our schools that parents now withdraw their children from private to public schools. We now have street lights across the three senatorial districts. We now have water in Ekpoma, Iruekpen, across the length and breath of the state. Everything they said was impossible we have shown that it is possible. Today, Edo is work in progress. We have not gotten to where we want to go but we have shown that we will get there.”