The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has called for the dismissal of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Peter Gana for a sloppy job done on investigations into the murder of his Private Secretary, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.
The Governor made the call in Abuja on Thursday while delivering an address at the inauguration of the Code of Conduct for police officers. “IG, I am aggrieved over the murder of my Private Secretary and the way in which it was trivialized. I am saying it knowing that the Vice President is here. The only thing I owe my murdered Private Secretary is to speak the truth even if it will cost me my office” he said.
He explained that “My secretary was murdered in cold blood and you dispatched a DIG to supervise that investigation. A DIG is a sufficiently senior officer, they came to Benin and they did what Fela would have called police magic. In the end, they went for a civil right activist and charged him for the offence of murder”.
“The DIG Force CID has a case to answer, it is either he is guilty of conspiracy to murder or is guilty of conspiracy to shield murderers or both in which case he cannot wear his police uniform, he must be dismissed.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police that he used, who claimed that they have done a thorough job, he has no business wearing police uniform because by my judgment, in his own narrative, he is a criminal.
“They wrote a report which is their own report that the man, who was involved in the murder was already under police detention.
“The weapon that was used for the murder was used for armed robbery earlier, recovered by the police and under police custody at the time my secretary was murdered. So, the man who murdered my secretary was in police custody, the gun used was in police custody and this is the findings of the police.”
According to the Governor, “The police murdered my Private Secretary or gave the order that he should be murdered”.
He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the matter, and condemned the AIG for arresting and detaining an innocent human rights activist, rather than going after the culprits who were eventually arrested by the State Security Service, SSS.
Governor Oshiomole noted that if justice isn’t served, Nigerians will lose confidence in the security agencies.