On Fasubaa – Ekiti to set up panel of inquiry

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Fasubaa: Ekiti to set up panel of inquiry

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By Bisi Olaniyi, Ado-Ekiti

Published: Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009

The Ekiti State Government is to set up a panel of inquiry over the assassination in Ado-Ekiti on January 3, of an Assistant General Manager, Finance and Administration, of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Mr. Kehinde Fasubaa.

The Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, said this at a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.

He said the death came as a rude shock and the painful, noting that the deceased was a friend of Governor Segun Oni.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr. Odunayo Ategbero, also warned the people, especially members of the opposition, to guard their utterances in order not to aggravate tension and heat up the polity.

Fasubaa, 49, was the look-alike twin brother of the former Caretaker Chairman of Ado-Ekiti Local Government Council, Mr. Taye Fasubaa, who narrowly escaped being killed on September 11, 2004, when gunmen invaded his residence in Ado-Ekiti.

The PHCN manager was planning to represent Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly in 2011.

Accusing fingers have been pointed at a top government official, an indigene of Ado-Ekiti, who is also planning to represent the Ekiti Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly in 2011.

The Action Congress, Ekiti State chapter, which said it was not against the setting up of the panel of enquiry, insisted that it must be chaired by an upright and unbiased person, who would not listen to the dictates of the powers that be.

The AC Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, stated this at his Erijiyan-Ekiti hometown, in the Ekiti West Local Government Area on Tuesday.

A human rights activist, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, however, said that the state government could not be trusted to conduct thorough investigations following series of unresolved killings in the state.




Ogele, who is also the National Coordinator of the Ekiti Democratic Coalition Alliance, stated that the Oni administration had done nothing over the increase in cases of armed robbery and assassination in the state.

The activist asked the attorney-general to stop wasting his time, stressing that there was nothing the state government would do that would be accorded respect and that truth would not come out of the panel.

The Leader of the AC in Ekiti Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, also raised the alarm over his being trailed by unknown persons, suspected to be hired killers and receiving threat calls and text messages, who said he had been marked for assassination, saying the “faceless idiots” would not succeed.

Afuye said Kehinde’s (Fasuba) blood would fight and continue to hunt his killers, with the perpetrators to be exposed very soon, describing the murder as unfortunate, saying it was a challenge to the state government to ensure the protection of lives and property.

The AC leader then asked the state government and the security agencies not to allow killing to go the way of previous assassinations.

The attorney-general further stated that the deceased was also close to many of the cabinet members and that the administration did not react immediately, feeling that it was too early, with such comments to be pre-emptive.

He said the panel to be set up would investigate the killing, for such incident not to occur in the future, stressing that the panel would be set up as soon as the state government received green light from the Ekiti police, headed by Mr. Chris Ola.

Oyewole said waiting for the outcome of the police investigations became necessary, to ensure that the perpetrators were fished out and brought to justice.

The attorney-general added that Kehinde’s relations complaining that the state government did not commiserate with them, were not representing the views of the family.

AC chairman equally said, “The panel of enquiry is a means of shedding crocodile tears. We have been saying it, that the state government’s steps are faulty, judging by their antecedents since inception.

“It is an extension of the do-or-die philosophy of the Peoples Democratic Party, which we aborted by our refusal to participate in the kangaroo selection they called election on December 20 last year.

“We are not against setting up of the panel of inquiry, but the PDP’s government should look inwards. The Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said the PDP is made up of a nest of killers and that is what we are witnessing in Ekiti today.

“They have committed five terrible killings within the PDP in Ekiti in the past, which would have occurred if we had participated in the LG election.”

While commenting on the insinuation that Kehinde was killed by armed robbers, Awe wondered why the assassins were able to identify the PHCN’s AGM, killing him alone, without firing any shot at others.

The AC then mourned with the Fasuba family, Ado-Ekiti indigenes and other Ekiti people, over the assassination of their illustrious son, praying God to grant the people the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.


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