Kelvin Odanz, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has stated that the assassination of a senator’s aide recently is likely politically motivated.
The aide, a close associate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator from Ogun state, Solomon Adeola, was allegedly killed by unidentified individuals while passing through a military checkpoint.
Initial reports suggested that soldiers at the checkpoint opened fire on the aide’s vehicle, leading to his untimely demise.
The incident, which occurred last month, has raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the aide’s death and the potential involvement of the Nigerian Army.
”I am still waiting for a conclusive investigation on the death of the aide of Senator Adeola, who was alleged to have been killed by soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
”He was stopped at a checkpoint, and then the alleged soldiers proceeded to riddle his car with bullets. I am revisiting this story because it really doesn’t add up to me, right from when it first broke to this day.
”Criminals in military camos setting up checkpoints to rob and kill is a very common occurrence in Nigeria. I strongly believe that’s what happened to Senator Adeola’s aide.
”Soldiers under the service of the Nigerian Army randomly stopping someone to assassinate them at their checkpoint is quite rare, especially since this isn’t the Abacha era. It is likely another case of politically motivated killings by criminals disguising themselves as security agents at a checkpoint.
”Again, I am waiting for the result of a full investigation to confirm my bias about this case. I found it quite disappointing/disturbing that soldiers of the Nigerian Army were hastily accused of being behind it. I don’t think that’s the case, and I await the conclusion of the case.”
Security analysts have pointed out that criminal elements in Nigeria often exploit the appearance of military uniforms to establish fake checkpoints and carry out illicit activities.
The case highlights the complexities of security challenges in Nigeria and underscores the significance of a thorough investigation process that considers various factors, including criminal impersonation and political motivations.