Oyo State Police Command, on Friday said some members of staff and two police escorts attached to Alh. Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun, who was murdered on Thursday along Abeokuta-Igbo Ora-Iseyin road, 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 perpetrated the heinous act.
According to a statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), SP. Olugbenga Fadeyi,the two-car convoy of the deceased was allegedly ambushed shortly after passing through five different police check points along the route by yet to be identified assailants who fired at the vehicles on the road from the thick forest.
He added that 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 later died of his bullet injuries.
“However, an interesting twist to the story was that the deceased probably had earlier detected an alleged book keeping records fraud in his Lagos office which subsequently allegedly led to the burning/destruction of some financial/book keeping records.
“In addition to other possible motives, a plausible nexus is therefore being suspected between the fire incident and the attack on the deceased,” Fadeyi said.
The PPRO further stated that the Commissioner of Police is appealing to any member of the public with credible information on Oko Oloyun’s murder not to hesitate in passing same to the command, to assist in the detection of the crime and apprehension of the offenders.
He assured members of the public that the police is on top of the situation and working with other police formations and units to ensure that the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu,to crack the 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,” Fadeyi stated.