Rev Ugolor, Nine Others Arraigned Over Murder Of Olaitan Oyerinde
The police in Edo state yesterday arraigned environmental rights activist, Rev David Ugolor and nine other suspects accused of killing Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the former Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole. This is despite the controversy that has marred the real killers of the labour activist who was murdered in his house in the ancient city in May.
The police and the SSS had arrested two different sets of suspects, they said are the real killers of Oyerinde, but the controversy got messier when Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and a close friend of the deceased, Rev. Ugolor was on July 27, 2012 arrested by the police for alleged complicity in the murder.
Other suspects docked with Ugolor today include: Garba Usman (39), Danjuma Musa (23), Muritala Usman (27), Moses Asamah Okoro (32), Auta Umaru Ali (26), Umaru Adamu (33), Wilfred Iserhienhi (30), Hassan Aliyu Babete (44) and Idris Abdulhamid (24).
They were arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, illegal possession of arms and receiving stolen property “contrary to section 6 (b) and punishable under section 1 (2) (a) of the armed robbery and fire arm (Special Provisions)Act, CAP R 11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Items stolen from Oyerinde’s house which were said to have been recovered from the suspects include: five blackberry telephone handsets, one Nokia, telephone handsets, two Galaxy tabs, 2 Laptop computers, Jewelries, One English made single barrel gun and unspecified amount of money.
Counsel to Rev. Ugolor, Afolabi Olayiwola, urged the presiding magistrate to release his client on the ground that a Benin high court had ordered the Inspector-General of Police to grant an immediate and unconditional release of Ugolor, an order he said was rebuffed by the police after being served a copy.
Chief Magistrate Francis Idiake however declined to grant the order on the basis that his court was not even competent to hear the case even as he ordered all the accused to be remanded in prison.
The case has been adjourned to 27th September, 2012, while the suspects have been remanded at Oko Prison in Benin. Meanwhile, the case file will soon be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
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