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AGF: Only Edo Can Prosecute Suspects in Oyerinde’s Murder

Mohammed Bello Adoke, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, (SAN), Thursday said his office had nothing to do with the investigation into the gruesome murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

In a letter to the  Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, Adoke disowned the statement credited to  Mr. Thompson Olaitigbe, a Deputy Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation to the effect that the ministry was confused on what to do with the conflicting investigative reports on Olaitan’s murder.

He said his ministry had considered the powers and duties of the State Security Services vis-a-vis the powers of the police and had come to a conclusion that it was the police that had the power to investigate murder and not the SSS. He also stated that the Federal Ministry of Justice had nothing to do with the case but that it was the Edo State Government that had the power to prosecute the case.

Adoke, in the letter said: “My attention has been drawn to the representations made by Mr. O.T. Olaitigbe, Deputy Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation on behalf of my office and the Federal Ministry of Justice at the public hearing organised by your committee on  February 27, on the alleged complicity and improper investigation in the murder of Oyerinde, an aide to the state governor.

“It has been widely reported in the electronic and print media that Olaitigbe while making his presentation to the committee, stated among other things that the Ministry of Justice was confused as a result of the investigation reports it had received from the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service (SSS) which appeared to have indicted different sets of suspects for the murder of Oyerinde and that the Ministry could not proceed further with the prosecution of the suspects because of the need to harmonise the two reports.

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