Months after the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, one of the top aides to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, the State Security Service has said it arrested six suspects in connection to the killing.
Spokesperson for the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, paraded the six suspects before journalists on Wednesday in Abuja. She said three of the suspects were believed to be the gunmen behind the May 4 murder of Oyerinde who was killed at his Benin city residence.
The Premium Times reported that the others “are habitual buyers of stolen items”, according to the SSS.
Ogar said careless statements made by Ali Ihade, a security guard for the late principal secretary for the Edo state governor, led to the arrests of the major suspects.
The SSS spokesperson said the prime suspect had plotted the robbery operation which led to the secretary’s death. However earlier reports of the May murder indicated no items were stolen from Oyerinde’s residence, leading authorities, including the Governor Oshiomhole, to believe the death to be an assassination.
New details released by the SSS after investigations into the murder of Oshiomhole’s “political son” proves there was a robbery.
Ogar listed four blackberry phones, two ipads, two galaxy pads, one laptop, a wedding ring as well as an unspecified amount of cash as some of the items stolen from Oyerinde’s residence.
The prime suspect killed Oyerinde who attempted to hide himself under his bed. Ogar said she believed he was trying to reach for a weapon under his bed.
The weapons used by the suspects in the murder have been recovered and the suspects remain in SSS custody and will soon be handed over for proper prosecution.