Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomole was murdered by suspected hired assassins in the early hours of Friday. The incident took place just six days after the Governor escaped death in an accident just by a hair’s breadth. Governor Oshiomole had later described the accident which claimed the lives of three journalists as a calculated attempt to kill him.
The death of his private secretary has sent shivers down the spines of almost every Edo indigene.
Tony Iyare, the Special Adviser to Governor Oshiomole issued a statement in which he gave a detailed description of how Oyerinde was murdered. The statement reads inter alia:
The Principal Private Secretary to Edo State Governor, Mr Olaitan Oyerinde was killed in the wee hours of this morning by unknown gunmen.
Oyerinde, 44, was shot dead by four gunmen who invaded his house located in Ugbor area, Benin City around 1 a.m.
Shortly after they stormed the compound, they bounded the security guard while two of them forced their way through the front door and made straight for his bedroom.
On recognizing that it was Mr. Oyerinde’s brother-in-law who was actually sleeping on the bed, they immediately left him and went for the wife, Funke, asking her to lead them to the husband who, unknown to them, was sleeping in the living room.
On sighting him, they instantly fired four shots, one to the head, chest, abdomen and hip, killing Oyerinde instantly. The gunmen later fled without taking anything from the house.
The killing of Mr. Oyerinde is coming exactly six days after Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s convoy was attacked along Warrake-Auchi road, by a truck that curiously veered off its track and headed straight for the staff car, missing it by the whiskers. Three journalists were killed while others including security details, sustained various degree of injuries.
Curiously, at about 2.45am the following day, the home of the Information Commissioner, Mr Louis Odion, was invaded by four gunmen who also missed him because he opted to pass the night in a friend’s house located in another part of the city. A member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Johnson Oghuma was also similarly attacked by gunmen recently. Oghuma who represents Etsako Central had his car riddled with bullets as he was on his way to Fugar, his hometown.
Odion had at a press briefing last Sunday, raised fears that top government functionaries were being targeted for elimination.
Oyerinde who read Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, was seconded from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to work for the comrade governor in November 2007. He is survived by his wife, Funke, four children and an aged mother.
This sequence of sordid events coming each time on the eve of the flag off of Governor Oshiomhole’s campaign, raises grave concern and therefore demands thorough investigation by the security forces.
Meanwhile a march was held to protest Olaitan’s murder in Benin City.On his arrival from Abuja, Governor Oshiomole joined the march and he has disclosed that if the police fails to find the perpetrators within 14 days, he might have to exercise options as the Chief Security Officer of the state.