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Murder of Oyo Reps Lawmaker: Police Arrest Suspect

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Monday, March 11, announced the arrest of one person suspected to be involved in the killing of Oyo lawmaker, Honourable Temitope Olatoye.

Olatoye, popularly known as Sugar was murdered on Saturday, March 9 during the governorship and state assembly election in Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo.

The police, however, said Olatoye's death is not in any way connected to the election, Tribune reports.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone Eleven, Leye Oyebade and commissioner of police in Oyo state, Shina Olukolu, on Monday said the police had enough evidence to arrest the suspect.

AIG Oyebade said: "We have got a suspect but we can’t reveal all the details. I was at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan with the Oyo state commissioner of police on Saturday. The Chief Medical Director of the UCH was also with us.

“From that point, we picked up the investigation. I want to assure members of the public that the IGP’s mandate is that no stone should be left unturned in unravelling the cause of the incident.

“But the incident is not directly connected with the elections, going by the venue of the incident and the information we gathered of what happened prior to the incident."

The police claimed that none of the Saturday's deaths in Oyo state was connected to the election.

Police commissioner Olukole said: “The two suspects arrested in connection with the incident claimed they had a previous issue with the deceased, before fighting broke out again on the day of election, during which deceased collapsed and died.

“The vehicle they brought to the scene was also recovered.

“The third person that died was when a distress call indicated that about 15 hoodlums, who were armed, stormed a polling unit, approaching the venue with the mind of causing mayhem, snatching ballot boxes and inflicting injuries on members of the public.

“A team of patrol men were deployed and there was a response. A shot hit one of the hoodlums and he died. A shotgun was recovered, indicating that these people did not mean well for the entire society. We are working on it; whatever the circumstances are, all these cases are being investigated by the police to determine what happened exactly and appropriate actions would be taken."