Thursday 21 February 2013

'If A Governor Can’t Get Justice, What Is The Hope Of A Tomato Seller?' – Oshiomhole

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, of has once again tasked the police to unmask the killers of his Principal Private Secretary, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, saying if a governor can’t get justice, then the ordinary man has no hope of getting same.

Governor Oshimole made this statement while receiving the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Foluso Adebanjo, in his office. Comrade Oshiomhole said: “I cannot pretend, I remain aggrieved and I believe it’s a shame, a national embarrassment that a governor can’t get justice. If a governor can’t get justice, what is the hope of a tomato seller? What is the hope of a roadside mechanic? What is the hope of an okada rider? The police will not rest, I will not rest until the police get the killers of Olaitan.”

The governor noted that the police, as law enforcement officers, must recognise that they have a duty to protect the citizens: “All of us must recognise that we are trustees of the Nigerian people. We must earn the position that we are privileged to occupy. Anywhere I see a police officer, I will keep saying it, you must produce who killed Olaitan and explain why they bungled the investigations… I have said it to the IG, I have said to the president and if I have the opportunity I will say it to the UN”.

He also explained further that his insistence on the police to produce Olaitan’s killers was to entrench the rule of law, noting that “if the rule of law collapses, even men in uniform can’t walk free because those outside uniform are more in numbers. So help me tell the IG that I still renew my demand that he has to produce those who killed Olaitan.” He however acknowledged that the police was providing invaluable services to the country, saying he would not stop relating with the police as an institution.

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