Fans Protesting the killing of Loaitan at the NUJ Secretariat in Benin City on Friday
Governor Oshiomhole says ‘a certain old man in his 80s’ ordered the assassination of his private secretary
A certain old man, in his 80s, a godfather, in Edo state is the mastermind of the assassination of Olaitan Oyerinde, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said.
Mr Oshiomole made the revelation on Friday while addressing supporters who were protesting the killing of his Principal Private Secretary, who was murdered by four assassins earlier that day.
Neither Mr Oshiomole nor his aides agreed to name the “80 year old godfather” on Friday but the governor had in the past blamed Tony Anenih, leader of the opposition in the state, who he commonly refers as the godfather, for the political crises in the state.
The governor said the godfather held a meeting in his residence where they resolved to take series of actions to intimidate or “eliminate” him.
“At that meeting, they said they will kill under the guise of armed robbery, they will kidnap some people, many of my personal staff and some of our key leaders to pretend as if they are victims of kidnapping,” the governor said.
Mr. Oshiomhole said he has written the police commissioner in the state about the meeting, informing them that the godfather also planned to detonate bombs in parts of the state, ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections in the state, “to scare voters.”
He told his supporters he has given the police 14 days to resolve the murder and prosecute those guilty.
In the run up to the July governorship election in the state, where the governor is standing re-election, the state has been bedevilled by an unusual spate of violence.
Last week, a truck rammed into the governor’s convoy killing three journalists. The day following the accident, the state’s information commissioner, Louis Odion, reportedly escaped assassination when four gunmen invaded his house in his absence.
Mr Oshiomhole told his supporters that if the Police failed to find the assassins, he would seek alternative solutions.
In Nigeria, the police is controlled by the federal government and have failed to resolve many assassination cases.
“Why will a man in his 80s preside over the death of young children, why will an old man who has children, great grandchildren, supervise the killing of young people?” he asked tearfully.
“They have killed my son, they have killed my brother, they have killed my people, but they cannot kill my spirit.