Comrade Oyerinde’s assasination, NLC demands justice

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the immediate arrest of the assasins and their pay masters that assasinated its General Secretary and a Principal Private Secretary to Governor Oshiomhole at the early hours of today in his residence in Benin City.
The group noted that the assasination of Comrade Olaitan is a deliberate attempt to emotionally and psychologically weaken Governor Adams Oshiomhole in his quest for re-election citing reference to the politics of the First Republic in the old Western Region, current politics of Edo State and the tragic consequences it yielded for the entire country.
In a statement issued by Abdulwahed I. Omar, its President, the NLC said Nigerian workers were shocked beyond words by the tragic assassination of Mr. Oyerinde, who was on leave of absence as the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Oshiomhole. The statement called on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to arrest the criminals in Edo State and their pay masters.
“His gruesome assassination is baffling as Comrade Oyerinde was not a politician, held no high government appointment such as commissioner and was not even an indigene of Edo State,” the statement said.
It noted that the political situation in Edo State, the statements of do-or-die politics point to a strategy to intimidate, assassinate and create a siege mentality in a desperate attempt to take over political power.
The NLC said it was noteworthy that this assassination followed last week’s suspicious traffic accident involving Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s convoy in which three journalists lost their lives, and an assassination attempt on the State Information Commissioner, Mr Louis Odion. The new offices of the AIT in Benin were also recently attacked and its equipment carted away.
“The way the politics of Edo State is going is reminiscent of the First Republic politics in the old Western Region which led to tragic consequences for the entire country.
The NLC therefore calls on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to arrest the criminals in Edo State and their pay masters. In any electoral contest such as that slated for Edo State, the electorate must be allowed to determine its outcome.
Otherwise, the struggle for democracy will be lost and the country will descend into a state of anarchy. The NLC therefore calls on the Federal Government to thoroughly investigate Comrade Oyerinde’s assassination and bring the criminals to justice.”
The Congress also advised the Police and security agencies to investigate matters “and let facts guide their conclusion before rushing to make claims that particular political assassinations are robbery incidents.”


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