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Conflicting Reports on Oyerinde’s Murder,Embarrassing, Says Abuja Chief Judge

Chief Judge of the Abuja High Court, Justice Lawal Gummi on Monday described the conflicting investigation reports of the police and the State Security Service (SSS) on who murdered Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Secretary to Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, as embarrassing.

Speaking at a conference on Speeding Up Criminal Justice organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Gummi added that there was lack of coordination in the criminal justice sector. He said: “In another breath, the recent case of the murder of Oyerinde, the Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor leaves us with a bad taste in the mouth. It was a bewildering case of one murder, two government agencies, and different culprits. “The police and the SSS-the two security agencies investigating the murder- paraded two different sets of suspects, a development that has set off speculation that investigations into the murder was most likely bungled.

“While the state Police Command paraded some suspects, including a human rights activist, the SSS flaunted an entirely different set of suspects (which it labelled armed robbers) at its Abuja headquarters.

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