ACN tasks govt on SSS probe of Oshiomhole’s aide’s death

ACN tasks govt on SSS probe of Oshiomhole’s aide’s death

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THE Presidency and the National Assembly have been urged to investigate claims by the State Security Service (SSS) that it has arrested the suspected killers of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, a senior aide to Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which made the call in a statement in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said its demand followed the riddle posed by two pictures carried by a national newspaper on Sunday, which seem to show that the security agency may be recycling the same suspected criminals for different offences.

It said that the three suspects in the first picture, who were paraded by the SSS on March 14th for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Briton Christopher MacManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara, in Sokoto, appear to be the same as three of the suspects in the second picture, who were recently paraded by the same SSS for allegedly killing Oyerinde.And against the backdrop of reported alliance talks among the opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party  [PDP] said it was not threatened by such an alliance because it remains the only truly national political grouping deeply committed to the continued existence of Nigeria.

According to a statement by the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja yesterday, Nigerians were capable of separating the wheat from the chaff and would choose between an alliance where vaulting personal interests will ceaselessly riot and yield no support to national stability and the PDP, which has remained a symbol of national unity and progress.

“We hear of alliance and mergers everyday. That is not new. Let us wait for 2015. Do you think Nigerians are fools? Do you think that Nigerians do not take notice of the character and tendency of individuals and political parties?

The PDP is the only party that is committed to the continued existence of Nigeria and the welfare of its people. At the appropriate time, they will decide whether to entrust their great nation to the hands of regionalists, doomsday prophets and pro-anarchists or to the safe hands of the PDP. Ounce of common sense will prefer the latter”, the statement said.

The ACN went on: ”Three of the suspects paraded by the SSS for killing Oyerinde appear to wear a complete replica of the same shirts worn by the suspects paraded for killing the foreigners in March.

The pictures published by the newspaper is so compelling that we are forced to ask a number of questions from the SSS.

Is the agency recycling suspected criminals and deceiving the people that it is indeed solving criminal cases? Does this systemic gimmick go higher than the security agency? For how long has this game been going on? What exactly does the government know about this? And is the PDP privy to this recycling? If not, why was the party so quick to ask the ACN to apologise over the murder of Oyerinde?

”The party said the only way the riddle can be resolved is for the government to appoint a panel of respected judicial officers to investigate the SSS, while the National Assembly must conduct a public hearing at which the suspects paraded for killing the foreigners will be placed side by side with those paraded for killing Oyerinde.

”The reason why it is important to get to the root of the whole case is because the role of the SSS is so critical in ensuring peace and security in the country. For example, the Federal Government has relied largely on the agency to curtail the activities of theIslamic sect, Boko Haram. If the agency has been cooking up stories and briefings to government and recycling criminals, how can it satisfactorily play its role? How can it help in resolving the many high profile murders that have been recorded in the country?

”Is it that once any case cannot be resolved or points to government’s suspected involvement, the SSS rounds up some scallywags and parades them to the media, only for the case to go cold? What has become of the suspects paraded in March for allegedly killing the foreigners?

”The ACN said the sooner the government and the legislature get to the bottom of the allegation now facing the SSS, the better for the agency in particular and the country in general, because the moment the people lose confidence in the SSS, the agency can no longer play its complementary role to the other security agencies in ensuring peace and security in the country.


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