Oyo state Police Commissioner, CP Shina Olukolu, Tuesday ordered investigations into the killing of a 50-year-old man in Iresaadu, on Monday following bloody clash over control of local government administration in the state.
According to a statement issued by the Oyo state Police Public Relations, Officer (PPRO), SP Lawrence Fadeyi, a 30-year-old man, identified as Ibrahim Raji ‘m’ was arrested at the gate of Ibadan South-west local government, Aleshinloye with a locally made pistol and charms while at Ibadan South-east local government, Mapo, the Police recovered a sack containing eight cutlasses, one axe and a UTC knife all meant to be used to commit crime.
Oyo Police command in the state confirmed that one person , identified as Dotun Shomefun sustained gunshot injury during the Iresaadu fracas.
SP Fadeyi in the statement disclosed that CP Olukolu has already transfered investigation into the killing of the 50-year-old man said to be a member of the Peooles Democratic Party (PDP) in Surulere local government to the state CID in Iyaganku, Ibadan for investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Shina T. Olukolu is miffed at the most unfortunate needless death that occurred on day five of the lingering crisis in the local government chairmanship tussle in the state that led to the death of one person while one other sustained gunshot injuries around Surulere Local Government, Iresaadu in Ogbomoso Area Command on February 3, 2020, in-spite of the concerted efforts at curbing the menace in a professional manner at minimum discomfort to all and sundry,” he said.
SP Fadeyi added, “the Divisional Police Officer, Iresaadu stated that on Monday 3/2/2020 in the morning at Surulere local government secretariat area, one black Acura legend saloon car with registration number, Lagos KRD 747 FH and one blue Volkswagen Passat car with registration number, Oyo RSD 17 SA owned and occupied by one Hon. Israel Ogundiran, the ex-Local government chairman of Surulere North LCDA, Oko while heading to Iwofin Ogbomoso, was allegedly attacked by alleged supporters of the caretaker chairman of Surulere local government, Iresaadu who were already at the local government secretariat gate; hence, there was an exchange of gunshots between the two groups.”
The statement further stated, “in the process it was alleged that occupants of the black Acura legend saloon car believed to be supporters of the elected chairman opened fire and one Isah Azeez ‘m’ about 50 years of age was hit by pellets and he was immediately rushed to Bowen Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso for immediate medical attention, but unfortunately he died later in the hospital.”
“In the same vein, the gunshot from the crowd believed to be supporters of the caretaker chairman outside the secretariat gate on the two vehicles also hit one Dotun Shomefun ‘m’ an occupant of the black Acura legend who also sustained gunshot injuries on the shoulder and was taken to Ogbomoso by his group for treatment. The injured but stable Dotun Shomefun is in Police custody and will help in unraveling the perpetrators of this dastardly act.”
He however assured law abiding people in and across the state “that the Police Command is on top of the situation and again warn all contending interest to desist from these acts of brigandage.”