Police have confirmed the arrest of a murder suspect who has been linked with the killing of a lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency of Oyo State.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mr. Leye Oyebade and the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Shina Olukolu, confirmed the development to newsmen.
The duo, however, disclosed that Olatoye’s killing was not in connection with the just concluded Saturday’s gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections, Daily Post reports.
Oyebade said, “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 unravelling 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”.
Olukolu said that he got the information about the attack on Olatoye by unknown assailants from the Divisional Police Officer at Iyana Offa while monitoring the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on Saturday.
“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.
“The two suspects arrested in connection with the incident claimed they had a previous issue with the deceased before a fight broke out again on the day of election, during which deceased collapsed and died. The vehicle they brought to the scene was also recovered.
“The third person that died was when a distress call indicated that about 15 hoodlums, who were armed, stormed a polling unit, approaching the venue with the mind of causing mayhem, snatching ballot boxes and inflicting injuries on members of the public.
“A team of patrolmen were deployed and there was a response. A shot hit one of the hoodlums and he died. A shotgun was recovered, indicating that these people did not mean well for the entire society.
“We are working on it; whatever the circumstances are, all these cases are being investigated by the police to determine what happened exactly and appropriate actions would be taken.”
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