8th May, 2012
More facts emerged yesterday on how Olaitan Oyerinde, Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole died after he was shot by unknown gunmen.
P.M.NEWS reliably gathered yesterday that Olaitan could have have been saved if only there were doctors at the state-owned Central Hospital in Benin where he was rushed after he was shot.
Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugholor who was believed to be the last person with the late Olaitan before he was shot, yesterday at a press briefing organised by some civil society groups in honour of the late secretary to Oshiomhole at the NUJ Press Centre in Benin, said they were both together till about 11 p.m., after which Olaitan dropped him at home before driving to his (Olaitan) home about five minutes’ drive away.
Ugholor said he was shocked to his bone marrow when at about 1.30 a.m., Olaitan’s wife came knocking on his window, screaming that her husband was shot, after which he said he got dressed and together with Olaitan’s brither-in-law and the wife, rushed him to the Benin Central Hospital.
He disclosed that they were at the hospital for more than 30 minutes waiting for doctors, but none was on hand to attend to the dying man. “Olaitan died in our hands,” Ugholor said amidst sobs.
Also, two journalists died three weeks ago due to none availability of doctors at the state owned Auchi Central Hospital where they were rushed to after the auto accident involving the convoy of Governor Oshiomhole.
A statement by the civil groups revealed that the late Olaitan was behind most of the successes of Oshiomhole.
“He served as the Private Secretary to the Governor, even when in rank in the labour movement of Nigeria, he was the substantive General Secretary in-waiting of the Nigeria Labour Congress,” observed the civil group.
While calling on the security agencies to fish out the killers of one of their own, they also called on Governor Oshiomhole to name a major edifice in Benin City after Olaitan.
—Jethro Ibileke, Benin