The Oyo State Police Command, has given an update on the killing of a trado-medical practitioner, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as ‘Oko Oloyun’.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi on Friday hinted at a nexus between a fire incident in his Lagos office, ostensibly to cover up suspected fraud, and the attack.
The convoy of the deceased was attacked on Thursday on the Igbo-Ora-Eruwa road by gunmen who shot at his convoy from thick forest, with a bullet fatally injuring him and later died from the injuries caused by the bullet.
The statement read, “The report of Yusuf’s death was received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Igbo-ora that the two-car convoy of the deceased was allegedly ambushed shortly after passing through five different police stop and search teams along Igbo-Ora road 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.
“An interesting twist to the story was that the deceased had earlier detected an alleged bookkeeping records fraud in his Lagos office, which subsequently allegedly led to the burning 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.
“Some of his staff and two police escorts are being questioned by a team of crack detectives from the homicide section of State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, with a view of finding and apprehending the fleeing suspects, who committed the heinous act.”
He said the police in the state were working with other police formations and units to ensure that the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to unravel the killers was complied with.
The spokesman also said the Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, had promised to bring the culprits to justice within the shortest possible time.
Fadeyi said Olukolu, however, appealed to members of the public with credible information not to hesitate in passing it to the police to assist it in the apprehension of the assailants