This was disclosed on Wednesday in Benin by Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, while addressing journalists on the level of preparation of the police ahead of the governorship election holding this weekend.
Oyerinde, the private secretary to the Governor of Edo State and Deputy National Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, was murdered in the wee hours of Friday, 4 May, 2012, by unknown gunmen in the presence of his wife and children at his Ugbor Road residence in GRA, Benin, southsouth Nigeria.
Following his murder, the Police announced a N10 million reward to any person who volunteers information leading to the arrest of his killers.
However, Abubakar, today said: “I can confirm to Nigerians that four persons have been arrested over the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, and investigations are still ongoing.”
The IGP, who did not give further details regarding the arrest, took exception to the deadline of 14 days — within which to find the killers of Ojerinde and bring them to book — given to the police by Governor Oshiomhole.
He said: “You can’t just give the police 24 hours to do a miracle. We have to investigate and look at all the facts of the matter before we can come to a conclusion.”
Reacting to Edo state government’s rejection of the police investigation report of the accident involving the convoy of Governor Oshiomhole, Mr. Abubakar said no one was in position to determine the outcome of police investigation.
“We were not part of the accident. The police have the constitutional responsibility to conduct investigation. Those who were involved were interrogated, and they made statements to the police. They made the investigation based on the preponderance of evidence. They have given statements to the police, and based on their statement, the police came to the conclusion, and we have said what we said. Whether anybody dismisses it or not, that is not the issue.
“The facts available to us as at now inform what we have said. If anybody has anything contrary, he should be able to come forward to defend it. We cannot allow people to sit down and make statement they don’t have fact about. We cannot sit down and take reckless statement. ”
“We expect Nigerians to be responsible while making statements. If you have evidence to say it was A, B, C or D, you must be ready to prove it. But you cannot make reckless allegation you cannot prove. As far as we are concerned, we stand by that statement until otherwise proven,” he said.