By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—COUNSEL to detained Executive Director of African Network for Economics and Environmental Justice, ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, who is being held in Police detention in connection with the murder of the late Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, yesterday petitioned the Inspector General of Police, alleging that his client was being “framed up in the case.”
In the petition by Mr. Afolabi Olayiwola, the suspect’s wife, Mrs. Ngozi Ugolor, explained that the late Olaitan Oyerinde and her husband were bosom friends, narrating that immediately after he was shot, his wife rushed to Ugolor’s apartment to inform the family of the shooting of her husband.
She explained that following the information, her husband immediately rushed Oyerinde to hospital for medical attention where he had issues with medical personnel of the hospital who could not respond to treatment of Oyerinde on time.
Afolabi said that besides leading protests and addressing press conferences along with other human rights activists, his client had equally been helping the police in providing clues to the murder of the slain Olaitan Oyerinde.
He said: “That on Friday, July 27 2012, our client was arrested by the same Federal SARS officials in Benin that he had been helping in the investigation and told him that he was equally involved in the death of the slain Oyerinde as they claimed it was he that sponsored the killing of the said Olaitan who incidentally was a bosom friend of Rev. David Ugolor.
“That when our client agreed to identification parade with the suspect that is currently being investigated, one of them accused Rev. David Ugolor by pointing at him. However, when the policemen allowed the two suspects to confront each other, the said suspect who accused Rev. David Ugolor fell like a pack of cards as truth is always constant and the said accuser of Rev. David Ugolor gave false particulars of the said Rev. David Ugolor.”
He added that the suspect who claimed Rev. Ugolor gave him the job to do, agreed that he did not know the vehicle Ugolor was using, even as he did not know his house and office, adding that he only used to see him on television.