The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mo-hammed Dikko Abubakar, has taken over the investigation of the killing of the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s Principal Private Secretary, Mr. Olatian Oyerinde. Addressing National Mirror yesterday in Benin, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olayinka Balogun, said: “On your question of an update on the murder of Oyerinde, I am not going to say anything on that because the IGP has taken over the investigation. “He directed a Deputy Inspector-General of Po-lice (DIG) to investigate the murder. The DIG came here to see what we have on ground and have since taken over the investigation.”
Oyerinde was assassinated in his house by yet-to-be-known killers.Shortly after Oyerinde was killed, Governor Oshiomhole gave the police 14-day ultimatum to fish out the killers for prosecution.
He also extended the ultimatum to 49 days following the failure by the police to arrest the killers within the initial 14 days ultimatum.
Balogun, however, said that the governor extended the ultimatum because he knew that investigating the killing is beyond the command.
On why the command refused to name politicians it alleged to be importing arms, recruiting thugs and sowing police uniforms ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state, Balogun said: “The police alert was meant to serve as a warning to all those involved in the unscrupulous plan to unleash violence ahead of the election.
”Meanwhile, the police have smashed a five-man gang of kidnappers in Benin, the state capital.
The police spokesman, Mr. Etim Bassey, gave their names as Endurance Ekhator, Osaze Idahosa, Bamidele Thompson, Kelly Ovienseri and Emmanuel Destiny.