- The mysterious murder of Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun is still causing ripples
- The police has been accused by Afenifere of trying to cover up the murder
- This was the Yoruba socio-political organisation's reaction to police report linking Yusuf's death to the alleged fraud discovered in his Lagos office
- According to Afenifere, the road where Yusuf was shot dead by unknown gunmen is notorious axis of bandits
The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, is claiming the police is trying to cover the murder of Nigeria's foremost traditional medical practitioner, Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun.
Yusuf was shot dead on Thursday, January 23, by gunmen yet to be identified on the Eruwa-Igboora road in the Ibarapa Central area of Oyo state.
Preliminary investigations by the police found a possible link between a fraud uncovered by Yusuf in his Lagos office and his eventual murder.
The national publicity secretary of the Yoruba socio-political organisation said the police is trying to divert public attention, instead of admitting that the area is “a notorious axis of bandits”, The Cable reports.
In a statement on Friday, January 24, Odumakin said: “The attention of Afenifere has been called to the brutal murder of Oko Oloyun in the continued sad and long story of insecurity in Yoruba land. We pray for the repose of the soul of the gentleman and we promise to take keen interest in the investigations into the dastardly act.”
He recalled the case of Funke Olakunrin who was murdered on July 12, 2019, saying the police should not attempt another cover-up.
The Afenifere spokesman said this is another test to the capacity of the Nigerian police.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, gunmen were said to have attacked the vehicles conveying Yusuf by firing shots from the thick forest where they were hiding.
Yusuf's armed police escorts reportedly engaged the gunmen in a shootout but they escaped. The trado-medical expert did not survive the attack as he later died of his bullet injuries.
Nigerians were heartbroken as the news of the sad murder of Oko Oloyun filtered in. Several Nigerians came out in their numbers to mourn the sudden death of the individual.
Among those who reacted to Oko Oloyun’s death is a popular politician and nightclub owner, Shina Peller.
He extended his deep condolences to the family members of the deceased and urged the Nigerian police to intensify efforts in bringing the culprits to book.
"It’s with deep sorrow in my heart that I first extend my condolence to his immediate family and loved ones. Abdul Fatai (Oko Oloyun) will forever be remembered for his good deeds and immense love for humanity.
"I urge the Nigeria Police Force to intensify effort that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this gruesome act," he said.
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