- Governor Abiola Ajimobi said he has nothing to do with the killers of Olatoye Temitope also known as Sugar
- Olatoye was murdered on Saturday, March 9, during the governorship and state assembly election in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital
- Ajimobi said he is not trying to facilitate the release of the principal suspect and others involved in the crime
- The governor said the case is already under investigation and the police has not contacted him on any challenges
Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi has denied claims that he was manipulating investigation into the murder of Olatoye Temitope also known as Sugar, saying government is known for never interfering with the course of justice.
Speaking through his special adviser on communication and strategy, Bolaji Tunji, Ajimobi said the case was already before the police.
According to him, investigators are already doing their job and have not contacted him on any challenges.
He said: “If a citizen of the state dies, I am not sure the governor will be the one that will say people responsible for it should not be punished.
“So, I think they should go and get their information right. The governor is not privy to that kind of information and he will not support sweeping such a case under the carpet. So, if people are saying the governor is trying to facilitate the release of the principal suspect and others, it is not true.
“The governor said when the man died that those who perpetrated the act would be brought to justice. And he has never said anything contrary to what he said when the man died, and that still stands.
“What the family should do now is to tell the police to do their job the way it should be done. I don’t know the kind of bold statement they are expecting the government to make."
Tunji said Ajimobi has already directed the security agencies to fish out the culprits, and they are on the case. He added that if the police are facing any challenge in their investigation, they are supposed to get across to the governor, and tell him their suggestions and from there, the governor will take it up.
“I think they should go back to the police to find out how far they have gone in the matter instead of saying the governor wants to facilitate the release of the suspects. So, people should always get their facts right.
“The governor will never be a party to a situation whereby an investigation being done by a statutory body will be compromised. The governor will never do anything that is against the law.
“Why do we have peace in the state today? It is because people know that the governor will never act contrary to the law. So, if people are saying the governor or the government is trying to subvert investigation, it is a no-no. The governor will never do that," he added.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Oyo state police arrested Wasiu Olafisoye Akinmoyede, the chief whip of the House of Assembly, over the murder of Honourable Temitope Olatoye also known as Sugar.
The arrest of the chief whip brought the number of people arrested so far in connection with the case to two.
Olatoye was a representative of Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency in the lower House of the National Assembly, while Akinmoyede represents Lagelu constituency at the state level.
Olatoye was murdered on Saturday, March 9, during the governorship and state assembly election in Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo.
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