Gov aide Olaitan Oyerinde for burial Thursday.. as govt offers N10m ransom

Olaitan Oyerinde

The slain  Principal Private Secretary to Edo State Governor, Mr  Olaitan Oyerinde is to be buried in his home town, Ede, Osun State, on Thursday.

Oyerinde was killed by unknown gunmen in the early hours of May 4, in his residence  in Benin City.

His burial would be preceeded by a service of songs at the Government House, Benin City, Wednesday at 4pm.

The body will depart Benin for Ede in a motorcade at 7am on Thursday.

Oyerinde, 44, was Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) before his secondment to work with Governor Adams Oshiomhole in November 2007.

A Mass Communications graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the late Oyerinde, a former student activist, was also a former Lagos State Chairman of the Campaign for Democracy (CD).

A former member of the defunct Nigerian Tenants Association (NTA), the deceased began his trade unionism with the Iron and Steel Workers Union as Assistant General Secretary. He was also the executive director of the Centre for Workers’ Rights (CWR) in Lagos.

He is survived by wife, Funke, four children, two sisters and aged parents.

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has offered a reward of N10m for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Peter Gana, who made the announcement in Benin on Sunday, also said the police had opened three special lines for members of the public to assist in the investigations into Oyerinde’s killing.

Gana, who said he was in Benin to complement the efforts of the police in the state, promised that the perpetrators of the crime would be apprehended.

He said, “We have opened three telephone lines for the public to assist in the investigations. Governor Oshiomhole has offered a N10m reward to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of those responsible for the death of his aide.”