The power tussle and bickering between the two security agencies in the country, the Police and the State Security Services (SSS) over the investigation into the killing of Olaitan Oyerinde ,the murdered Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State is nothing but a national embarrassment.
Barely one week after the police had paraded some suspects in relation to the murder, the State Security Services (SSS) also paraded yet another set of gang for the same crime and from all indications there were no links between the suspects paraded by the two security outfit in the country. This on its own is a clear evidence that intelligence gathering and synergy is lacking in our security system.
This show of shame started when the some people in the media accused the SSS of recycling suspects, as the suspects being paraded for the murder of Oyerinde had earlier been paraded in the same clothes for another murder.
Meanwhile rather than intelligently react to this heavy allegation, the SSS claimed that the suspects the paraded in those two unrelated murder were coincidentally wearing identical clothes.
While the SSS paraded six young men to have confessed to be responsible for the killing of Oyerinde on account of armed robbery, their police counterparts claimed to have four different set of people in their net who had allegedly confessed to the killing of the same Oyerinde. Indeed wonders won’t cease to happen in our dear country Nigeria!
The police even went ahead to arrest one Revd. David Ugolor, a renowned civil society activist in the Edo state who they claimed was implicated as the sponsor of the said murder.
However, the SSS on their own part were said to had informed the governor of Edo state,that they had made some progress, having located Oyerinde’s telephone and had arrested the real killers and the report said that the suspects also repeated to the governor the confession they made to the SSS that they were the killers of late Oyerinde ,having made a failed attempt to kill the State Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion .
There seemed to be a lot of inconsistencies in the police claim and narration especially the alleged involvement of Revd. Ugolor,a prominent civil society activist in the state who equally doubled as a very close friend of the deceased.
Each of the two agencies insisted on the sanctity of their findings and believed to be on the right track. It’s so embarrassing and worrisome that the two federal security agencies in the country could be at daggers-drawn over such sensitive security issues.
Many Nigerians have been asking series of questions on this matter as it affects the nation in a critical time like this. Why are our security forces always in a hurry to parade suspects who under the constitution are presumed innocent?
Why can’t the SSS focus on intelligence gathering and national security? What precisely is the business of the SSS in parading robbery suspects when Boko haram seem to have taken over the country?
I think in my own capacity that each of these security agencies should stick to its statutory roles if we are to forestall an impending intelligence disaster.
As intriguing as the tales are, it is very difficult for the public to know what to believe due to the conflicting stories because as it stands Nigerians don’t know who is right and who is wrong.
The claims and counter claims point out to one thing-there are gaps in the investigation apparatus in the security agencies and this is why they have come up with different versions of one story.
This lack of collective agreement of purpose over the matter by the security agencies has unfortunately politicized it the more.
However, no matter how much they bicker, one thing is certain in the whole shameful play let. One of the security agencies must be wrong on this matter and if the Police is right, then the SSS must be wrong and vice versa. It is very possible that the two agencies may be wrong but both of them can’t be right. Never!
Justice must take its course on this matter because Nigerians and international community are watching! Rest in peace Oyerinde.
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