29 November 2012

Nigeria: Oyerinde - Court Begins Trial of Suspects

A Benin Chief Magistrates' Court will Friday commence trial of suspects alleged to be behind the gruesome murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Private Secretary to Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Information made available to journalists in Benin City Wednesday indicated that the trial of the suspects will set the stage for the formal response of the court to the report of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) which exonerated human rights activist and Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Reverend David Ugolor in the murder saga.

Ugolor was earlier detained by the police on allegation of complicity in the murder of Oyerinde before he was set free.

The case, which will commence by 9.00 am, is expected to attract a cross-section of civil society groups, human rights activists, legal luminaries and journalists, who have been following the case that has caught global attention.

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