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Oko-Oloyun murder: Police vow to arrest culprits

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The Oyo State Police Command, yesterday, said a team of crack detectives from the Homicide Section of State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Iyaganku was questioning some staff and two police escorts attached to the murdered popular herbal doctor, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, also known as Oko-Oloyun.

The deceased was killed on the Abeokuta-Igbo-Ora Expressway in Oyo State on Thursday.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Fadeyi Olugbenga, the Police said the questioning of the suspects was with a view to finding and apprehending the fleeing suspects.

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The statement added: “The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina T. Olukolu, wishes to put the record straight on the unfortunate death of Alhaji Fatai Yussuf, aka Oko-Oloyun, on Thursday, January 23.

“A report was received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Igbo-Ora that around Akeroro area on the Abeokuta/Igbo-Ora/Iseyin road, the two-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 two-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 book, keeping records of 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 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 state Command to assist in the detection of the crime and apprehension of the offenders, while assuring 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), Mohammed Adamu, 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 promises to bring the culprits to justice within the shortest possible time.”

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