The commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, alongside the AIGP, Leye Oyebade, who heads Zone 11 of the command, have reported the arrest of one suspect in the murder case of House of Representatives member in Oyo state. The deceased, Temitope Olatoye (Sugar), was the rep for Akinyele/ Lagelu Federal Constituency in the state.
According to the two police chiefs, a total of 18 persons have been arrested for different violence cases during the last election in the state. Guns, some rounds of live ammunition, as well as knives and axes were retrieved from those arrested.
The two officers further mentioned that after a series of interrogation, they were able to get adequate intel which led to the arrest of the primary murder suspect. And from that point, the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) will carry out further investigations.
AIG Leye stated, “We have got a suspect but we can’t reveal all the details. I was at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan with the Oyo State Commissioner of Police on Saturday. The Chief Medical Director of the UCH was also with us. “From that point, we picked up the investigation. I want to assure members of the public that the IGP’s mandate is that no stone should be left unturned in unraveling the cause of the incident. But the incident is not directly connected with the elections, going by the venue of the incident and the information we gathered of what happened prior to the incident”.
Commissioner Olukolu equally mentioned that he learned about the murder of the “Sugar” through the Divisional Police Office at Iyana Offa while on election monitoring duty last Saturday.
He explained, “I learnt that Sugar was ambushed and, in the process, sustained gunshot injuries in the head. He was immediately evacuated to the UCH for medical attention, but, unfortunately, he died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital while receiving treatment.”