Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday lamented his inability to get justice for his slain principal secretary, comrade Olaitan Oyerinde saying if he as a governor cannot get justice "the ordinary man has no hope."
Oshiomhole who stated this while receiving the new state commissioner of police, Mr Foluso Adebanjo in his office 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 road-side 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 said that the police as law enforcement officers must recognise that they had a duty to protect the citizens.
He said, "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."
The governor explained that his insistence on the police to produce Olaitan's killers is 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 when they submit to arrest, it's because in their sub-consciousness, they recognise that the state exists and that the instrument of the state is a responsible police force. So help me tell the IG that I still renew my demand that he has to produce those who killed Olaitan."