- Pa Olawuwo, a PDP chieftain in Igangan, Oyo state, has been remanded in police custody over the death of Dr Fatai Aborode
- Aborode, a politician and large-scale farmer, was killed in December 2020 while returning from his farmer
- The farmer's death had earlier been blamed on some suspected herdsmen until the intervention of the police
The police in Oyo state have dragged an 80-year-old chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Igangan to court over the killing of one Dr Fatai Aborode.
The newspaper stated the spokesperson of the police command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed on Friday, March 19, that the suspect had been arraigned and the court remanded him in police custody.
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The police spokesperson was quoted to have said in response to the newspaper's enquiry:
“Yes, he has been charged to court and remanded in Police custody.”
It was gathered that the octogenarian politician and late Aborode, a farmer and politician, were from the same constituency.
In its report, BBC Yoruba also stated that the police have confirmed the arrest and remand of Olawuwo in their custody following an arraignment.
The police said some allegations have been preferred against Olawuwo over Aborode's death.
The news media reported that the police said the PDP chieftain will be remanded pending the conclusion of the murder trial.
Dr Aborode was also reportedly a member of the PDP in Igangan and a larger-scale farmer in the area.
The late politician who came from abroad to establish his farm was killed in December 2020 while returning home from the farm.
It had earlier been alleged that it was suspected criminal herdsmen who killed the farmer; an allegation which led to the recent violence in Igangan community following the intervention of a self-proclaimed Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho.
BBC Yoruba also noted that the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, had earlier disclosed that he was reliably informed that Aborode's death had a political undertone.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Makinde said the southwest should not focus on the 2023 presidential election, for now.
The Oyo state governor said the region should rather focus on getting justice for victims of criminal activities.
Governor Makinde called for cooperation among stakeholders to address insecurity in the region.
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