Following the assassination of popular traditional medicine practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun, the Oyo State Police Command said it is interrogating the two police escorts attached to the late businessman.
The police said some members of his staff are also being interrogated following a tip-off on an alleged fraud perpetrated recently in his Lagos office.
Yusuf was said to have been murdered by a two-man assailant on Thursday afternoon on the Abeokuta/Igbo-ora/Iseyin road.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Oyo State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Olugbenga Fadeyi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday morning.
Fadeyi in the statement which gave details into how Yussuf was murdered, said the assailants fired the only shot on his moving convoy from a thick forest.
He revealed that preliminary report linked the act to an “alleged bookkeeping records fraud in his Lagos office” which it was said “subsequently led to the burning/destruction of some financial/bookkeeping records.”
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 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 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. 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 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, 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.”
Gunmen kidnap nine travellers in Ondo, demand N100million ransom
No fewer than nine people have been reportedly abducted by some gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen at Isua Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of Ondo on Friday evening.
The victims were said to be traveling in a Toyota Sienna bus from Abuja heading towards Lagos State before they were kidnapped.
However, the details about their abduction were still sketchy as at the time of filing this report on Friday.
A source said the kidnappers have contacted the family of one of the victims and demanded a sum of N100m ransom.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident said one of the victims had been rescued.
He said, ” Efforts are on to ensure the release of other victims. Our men are working with hunters, local vigilante, and other agencies to get then released unhurt.”
Man, 41 allegedly defiles own three-year-old daughter in Ibadan
A forty-one-year-old man, Effiom Etowa, who allegedly defiled his 3-year old daughter, was remanded in the custody of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, by an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Etowa, who lives in Tinuoye Estate, Ojoo, in Ibadan, is standing trial on a count charge of defilement.
Chief Magistrate Taiwo Oladiran, who did not take the plea of Etowa, ordered that he should be remanded in NSCDC custody in Ibadan.
Oladiran said, “Etowa cannot be admitted at the Correctional Centre, Agodi, Ibadan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Etowa is hereby remanded at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Headquarter, Ibadan, pending an advice from the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).”
Oladiran, however, adjourned the case until 16 July for hearing.
Earlier, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, the Prosecution Counsel, told the court that Etowa committed the offence on 15 June at Ibadan.
According to Ogunremi, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 387 Criminal Law of Oyo State, 2000.
Man, 28, allegedly rapes 11-year-old girl in Ile Ife
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State on Thursday remanded in prison custody a 28-year-old man, Oyerinde Oyeniyi, for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl.
Oyeniyi is being tried for rape and assault.
The police prosecutor, ASP Joseph Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 14 at 3p.m. at Mokuro area of Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Adebayo said the offences contravened Section 31(1) (2) of the Child’s Right Law of Osun, 2007, and Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The defence counsel, Mr Akin-wumi Babatunde, urged the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.
Babatunde said his client would not jump bail but would provide reliable sureties.
The Magistrate, A. A. Adebayo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
The magistrate said the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the court jurisdiction.
He added that the address of the surety must be verified by the prosecutor.
The magistrate said the surety must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 8. He adjourned the case till July 28, for mention.
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