The Oyo State Police Command says that trado-medical expert. Alhaji Fatai Yusuf aka Oko Oloyun allegedly discovered fraud in the account of his Lagos-based company before he was shot dead on Thursday.
State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu disclosed this in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi.
The deceased was until his death the Chairman of De Fayus International Ltd.
The Herald earlier reported that the trado-medical expert was shot dead by unknown assailants on Eruwa-Igboora Road in Ibarapa Central LGA of Oyo State around 4:30 pm on Thursday.
According to the police, Oko Oloyun’s alleged discovery led some suspected culprits to commit arson by “burning/destruction of some financial/bookkeeping records”.
Olukolu added that the police was investigating a connection between the alleged arson and the shooting incident.
The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police Oyo State Police Command, CP. Shina T. Olukolu psc(+) wishes to put the record straight on the most unfortunate death of Alh. Fatai Yussuf a.k.a ‘Oko Oloyun’ on Thursday 23rd January, 2020.
“A report was received by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO Igbo-ora that around Akeroro Area on the Abeokuta/Igbo-ora/Iseyin road, the 2-car convoy of the deceased was allegedly ambushed shortly after passing through five different Police Stop and Search teams along the route by yet to be identified assailants who fired at the moving vehicles on the road from the thick forest.
“The 2-man armed escorts of Policemen protecting the deceased engaged the assailants, but they managed to escape back into the forest after a single shot had hit the deceased who died later of his bullet injuries.
“However, an interesting twist to the story was that the deceased probably had earlier detected an alleged bookkeeping records fraud in his Lagos office which subsequently allegedly led to the burning/destruction of some financial/bookkeeping records.
“In addition to other possible motives, a plausible nexus is therefore being suspected between the fire incident and the attack on the deceased.
“Meanwhile, some of the staff and his two (2) Police escorts are being questioned by a team of crack detectives from the homicide section of State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID Iyaganku, Ibadan with a view of finding and apprehending the fleeing suspects who wrecked the heinous act.
“The Commissioner of Police therefore seizes this opportunity to appeal to any member of the public with credible information not to hesitate in passing same to the Oyo State Police Command to assist in the detection of the crime and apprehension of the offenders, while at the same time, assuring members of the public that the Police is on top of the situation and working with other Police formations/units to ensure that the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM,mni to crack this case as quickly as possible is complied with to the letter. In addition, it is our resolve that no matter how long it takes, the Commissioner of Police promise to bring the culprits to justice within the shortest possible time.”