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.”