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Oyerinde murder: Group accuses Reps committee of bias

Oyerinde murder: Group accuses Reps committee of bias

Group commends the House for rejecting the probe report.

The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, on Wednesday, accused the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petitions of bias in its handling of the petition against the Nigeria Police over alleged complicity and shoddy investigation of the gruesome murder of Olaitan Oyerinde on May 4, 2012.

The Conference of non-Governmental Organisations, CONGOs, a coalition of some civil society and human right groups in Edo State, had petitioned the House over an alleged cover-up and professional misconduct levelled against the police in its probe of the murder.

Mr. Oyerinde, a former principal private secretary to the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, was murdered at his residence in the Government Reserved Area, GRA, Benin City in the early hours of May 4, 2012 by gunmen.

Following the incident, the police arrested and detained a Benin City-based human rights activist and Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, David Ugolor, after accusing him of being the mastermind of the murder of his bosom friend.

The police said it acted based on a confessional statement by one of the suspects, Garba Maisamari, arrested in connection with the crime.

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