The Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State has expressed shock at the murder of a member of the state’s House of Assembly, Hon. Gideon Aremu.
Aremu was murdered by assailants in front of his Alakia, Ibadan house on Thursday. He was a member of LP and Chairman, House Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security.
the party said his murder was inexplicable that Aremu, who was an easy-going lawmaker could be murdered for any reason.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Gbenga Olayemi, described the act as ungodly, barbaric and condemnable. He wondered how anyone could consider the thought of murdering a fellow man. He implored the police to fish out the killers and bring them to book.
Also reacting to the incident, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state described Aremu’s murder as “most shocking and disturbing.” It called for thorough investigation into the matter by relevant security agencies with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.
In a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, the APC condemned the brutal killing of the lawmaker who it described as an energetic, diligent and easy-going politician whose death had opened another sad chapter in the history of the Pacesetter State”.
“We received the news of the killing of Hon. Gideon Aremu with utter disbelief and rude shock in view of the fact such nasty development had become history in the state since 2011 when the current administration of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi took the mantle of leadership of Oyo State.
“With renewed vision and pragmatic approach to governance by the present administration which manifested in improved security of lives and properties in the state as against the lawlessness, brigandage and political violence of the recent past, one would be taken aback about this particular development especially as preliminary reports indicated that it was a pure case of assassination.
“We therefore express our regret over the incident as much as we condole with the state government, the leadership and members of the Oyo State House of Assembly as well as all the people of Oorelope State Constituency and the good people of the state. We pray God to grant Hon. Aremu eternal rest and give both his immediate and political family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“More importantly, we call on the State Police Command as well as all other relevant security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the matter with a view to unmasking all the culprits and bring them to justice as soon as possible.” The APC stated.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state also condemned the murder and called n security agencies to track down his killers to bring them to justice.