BY EVELYN USMAN
Nigeria Police Force yesterday stated that it had good ground for detaining the Director of the African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Revd David Ugulor, over the alleged murder of the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, three months ago.
The human rights activist was arrested last week by armed security operatives from the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, following claim by the Police that one of the suspects earlier arrested in connection with Oyerinde’s murder mentioned him as their alleged sponsor.
His continued detention sparked-off protest in Benin last week, with several calls for his release, particularly from the ANEEJ which described his arrest as a frame up.
But justifying his continued detention, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, stated that the Force had a cogent reason for detaining the human rights activist, following the magnitude of the offence in question.
According to him, “the Nigeria Police Force is constitutionally and statutorily charged with the investigation of this kind of crime we are investigating. We have very good grounds in law for holding the suspect. At the appointed time, we will brief Nigerians.”
It would be recalled that life was snuffed out of 44-year-old Olaitan Oyerinde, by four gunmen who invaded his apartment in Ugbor area of Benin city, at about 1am on May 4, 2012.
Two months later, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar announced the arrest of four persons in connection with Oyerinde’s murder.
But another dimension was introduced to the assassination saga, following the parade of six suspects by the State Security Service, SSS, different from those with the police, last week, a development that is currently generating controversy from different quarters , as to who the real killers are.