As per report culled from a reliable source by AYNAIJANG NEWS regarding
the death of Oyo State House of Rep Member killed during the state governorship election and the alleged killer in police custody.
THE traditional ruler of Lalupon, Ibadan in Lagelu Local Government Area, Oyo State, Oba Muniru Adekunle, has exonerated the Chief Whip of the state House of Assembly, Olafisoye Akinmoyede, who is being held over the killing of the member of the House of Representatives representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency, Temitope Olatoye, (a.k.a. Sugar).
Olatoye was killed by yet-to-be identified gunmen during the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Akinmoyede, who contested for the Lagelu State Constituency for the second time under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is being detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in connection with the incident.
The monarch, while speaking with reporters in Ibadan yesterday, described the lawmaker as a man of peace, saying he had contributed immensely to the development of Lalupon town and the local government area through his philanthropic activities.
Although he admitted that both Akinmoyede and the late Olatoye belonged to different political parties, Oba Adekunle described them as “brothers and best of friends”, saying they had jointly and individually committed enormous resources to the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the area.
“I have always known Sugar and Akinmoyede as not only brothers but also best of friends. It is, therefore, inconceivable that one would want to terminate the other’s life for whatever reason.
“As the traditional ruler of Lalupon town, where Akinmoyede hails from, I know him to be a man of peace. He does not encourage thuggery and violence. I’m sure he didn’t know anything about the incident,” he said.
The monarch added that the fact that the legislator voluntarily responded to the police invitation by walking to the State Criminal Investigation Bureau (SCIB), Iyaganku in Ibadan as well as the testimonies of most of his subjects on Akinmoyede’s characters were enough evidence that he was innocent,” the monarch said.
Although Oba Adekunle hailed the police for the job they have done so far concerning the killing, he urged them to further intensify their efforts to find the real killers with a view to bringing them to book.
He commiserated with the Olatoye family over the untimely death of the lawmaker, describing it as unfortunate and disheartening.
The royal father said the late lawmaker would be sorely missed as a good ambassador of his constituents and for his unprecedented philanthropy, which had endeared him to his people.
Among the properties destroyed was the palace of the traditional rulers.