By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr , Shina Olukolu on Monday said that the command will ensure the arrest of killers of the member of the House of Representatives, representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal constituency, late Honourable Temitope Olatoye (Sugar).
CP Olukolu who said this while featuring on Inspiration FM, Radio, Ibadan programme, “Do or Die Politics in Nigeria.” said the Command will not rest on its oars until the killers of Honourable Olatoye Temitope Sugar are apprehended and brought to book.
The CP stressed that the Oyo State Police Command “is currently working on available information in its custody to ensure that the perpetrators and their collaborators are nabbed.”, adding that the family of the late lawmaker will get justice on the matter.
“We are working on the information we have and we are assuring that the culprits will be arrested and brought to book. The family will get justice. We can assure you and that is also the assurance from the Inspector General of Police.” he said.
Emphasizing that all that needs to be done will be done in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the perpetrators does not go scot free, CP Olukolu expressed dismay at how the spread of fake news, especially on social media almost jeopardise the efforts of the security operatives on the case
“People must be circumvent of the kind of stories and information they spread and believed, especially on the social media. And I was shocked at the calibre of people who even believed the stories. It took us a long time to be able to verify the rumours of those that were alleged to have been killed. We had to put calls through to the like of Senator Teslim Folarin, the son of Auxiliary and all those that were alleged to have been killed, only for all of them to say nothing happened to them.”
CP Olukolu added, “until then, we started debunking the rumours. Our people must know how damaging the spread of fake news could be and we must be very careful.”
While cautioning the people of Oyo state to beware of the kind of information they believed and from people, CP Olukolu pointed out that the Command went through a hardous time trying to verify and confirm the authenticity of the death of many prominent people in the state on the heels of the death of Honourable Sugar, which turned out to be false.
“There was serious tension when the news of the death broke out on the day of the election, but with synergy with other sister security agencies, the support of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11 and the Inspector General of Police; we were able to tame the situation. We stationed our men at strategic volatile places, including Iwo Road immediate and we recovered some arms.
“We also intensified our patrol and we were able to put the situation under control. The Inspector General of Police had told us that there could be reaction from both sides after the election, either from the winner or loser and we also took proactive measures to ensure that there was safety of lives and property in the state.”