Thursday, 10 May 2012

Olaitan's murder, threat to democracy---NLC

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Abdulwaheed Umah yesterday said he has written to President Goodluck Jonathan, not to allow Edo State trigger what will be the end to the democratic movement in the country by prevailing on the security agencies to find the killers of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, Deputy National Secretary of the NLC who was murdered in cold blood in Benin City on May 4.
The NLC President who disclosed this when he led the entire administrative council members of industrial unions and Edo workers to commiserate with Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over the killing of Comrade Olaitan, his Principal Private Secretary, said those who murdered him should know they have killed the highest ranking staff of the NLC.
“We have come to join the Edo state council of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress TUC , the organizers of the peaceful protest to present letters to His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin, the Director of the State Security Service and Commissioner of Police and we have received encouraging words from them that the killers will be brought to justice,” he noted.
According to him, “it is our expectations that all these efforts will not go unrewarded. We have come to present a condolence letter to the governor as this is a very serious loss not only to the labour movement but the Edo people.
“We are giving you the assurances that this is a fight on which all Nigerian workers must join hands together. We must rise up and remind ourselves that an injury to one is an injury to all,” he added.
The governor of Edo State, comrade Adams Oshiomhole in his remarks noted that he is concerned with the outcome of the investigations because over the years there have been several murder cases and the killers are still walking the streets free.
“It is the result of this investigation that will determine the steps we take. I will stand up to be counted in any measure we are about to take. What will be the difference is the quality of their investigation, because there have been many investigations.
“The police must establish who they used to execute this heinous crime to deal with this cult of impunity. Beginning from May 18 when the 14-day ultimatum given to the security agencies will expire, if they do not find the people who killed Olaitan, I intend to take some measures. There has to be balance of madness because nobody has the monopoly of madness,” Comrade Oshiomhole noted.
While counting on the support of the labour movement, the governor said, “he will fall back to his labour training because according to him, enough is enough. Nothing excites me more than getting results to convince me certain persons are not above the law.”
The governor disclosed that Edo State Government has decided to rename Delta Crescent, the street on which Chief Tony Anenih’s house is located in Benin City after Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.

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