The scene of the incident very close to a police checkpoint on Eruwa-Igboora road with the remains of the deceased inserted

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Eyewitness accounts have revealed that gruesome murder of popular Lagos-based traditional medicine practitioner Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun was perpetrated in between two police checkpoints on Eruwa-Igbo-Ora Road in Oyo State on Thursday.

The trado-medical expert was shot dead while he was on his way from an outing in the company of two police escorts when some unidentified gunmen shot at his vehicle around 4:30 pm along Eruwa-Igboora Road in the Ibarapa Central area of Oyo.

He was confirmed dead at General Hospital Igbo-Ora.

Our correspondent who visited the hospital found out that his corpse was not deposited at the hospital’s mortuary but was taken away after it was confirmed dead.

An anonymous source who works at the hospital confirmed that the deceased was brought to the hospital around 6:26 pm after the incident where he was confirmed dead but his body was not deposited at the hospital.

“The doctor on duty yesterday just gave them files and when he was confirmed dead, they left with his corpse but I cannot say where the corpse was taken to wether back to Lagos or Eruwa”, he said.

General Hospital Igbo-Ora where Oko Oloyun was confirmed dead on Thursday, January 23, 2020

According to an eyewitness, Dauda Ojediran, an Okada rider who is familiar with the scene of the incident confirmed to PM News correspondent that the gunmen killed the man in between two police checkpoints somewhere called Akeroro along Eruwa-Igboora road.

“The incident happened after Akeroro, there is a checkpoint before Akeroro and there is another checkpoint after, he was killed between the two police checkpoints, so he was taken to the police station by the police and his convoy,” he said.

The 55-year-old Okada rider said though Eruwa-Igboora Road is flooded with bandits and kidnappers, they don’t often hear of gunmen on the roads if not that they were after someone from somewhere.

“This is my work and Igboora to Eruwa is my route every day. Eruwa from here is 20 kilometres. Those gunmen were hired assassins, they were putting on blacks and if not that someone sent them after that man, we don’t have gunmen around here but talking of Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers, they are many here.”

“We often go to the police when any of our people are kidnapped or they snatch his Okada and sometimes they go on a rescue mission while most of the time they won’t go. Some of them will even tell you that they also have kids at home and we will have to go by ourselves to pay a ransom. It was at that same scene two people were kidnapped recently and nothing happened before we later heard the amount paid as ransom.”

Ojediran, however, called on necessary quarters to create local police that can successfully protect the lives and properties of people in collaboration with other security agencies.

“The police are not doing much in terms of security. Our people are suffering, they extort us every day. There are six police checkpoints from here to Eruwa which 20 kilometres. The bottom line is that what we need here vigilante and not the police, they are just there to collect money from Okada riders and motorists.”

“A ditch left unattended to even after wounding a common man is quickly fixed the day it leads to a mere scratch on a privileged son, that is what is happening now,” he concluded.

The scene of the incident very close to a police checkpoint on Eruwa-Igboora road

Another anonymous source said there were four people in his car and Oko Oloyun was single-handedly shot, “we also believed these killers have been trailing him from Lagos.:

“But the most painful part is that he was assassinated here at Igbo Ora with all that is currently going on in our environment,” he added.

Another source, Adeyemi Okeronbi who claimed to be the deceased teacher in secondary school said he was in Igangan town for a particular program and he probably heading to Ibadan when the incident happened.

“I was also invited to the event but I couldn’t attend. He was here to develop our society because there’s no place in this southwest region that he has not established his business.”

“He was my student at Muslim High School, Ikotun when I was doing teaching practice for my Degree program. I knew him to be a very generous man. The first time we met after my teaching practice was at a herbal presentation at Onireke and he was there being the sponsor for the event and when we met, I couldn’t recognize him again so he introduced himself to me. I used to call him Otu Olomukan as at then because he was from Otu.”

“The only truth here is that he was assassinated but who is the person we don’t know. It’s terrible and it’s also painful because it’s certain we are all going to die but why here,” he queried.

Okeronbi also called on the Federal Government to make a quick decision in creating local police as the current police are not capable of protecting the lives and properties.

“Police cannot provide us the security we need. The same police that will take to their heels when they hear the sound of a burst tire? The same police that we quickly pull off their uniform when there is a pandemonium somewhere?

“They’re on the road just to collect thrifts. What we need is a vigilante group. Our government should not deceive themselves. If robbery is happening somewhere and vigilantes are alerted, they will be there. I was one of OPC leaders in Igbole before I became Balogun of traditional herbalists here in Igbo Ora.

“Local vigilante is the solution because I know what I’m saying,” he added.

Meanwhile, Oyo State Police Command said it has started interrogating the two police escorts that were with Oko Oloyun when he was gruesomely murdered.

In a statement made available to the public on Friday, the state Police Command also said some members of his staff are also being questioned for possible involvement in his death.

The interrogation, according to the police, followed a tip-off on an alleged fraud perpetrated recently in Oko Oloyun’s Lagos office.

The Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Gbenga Fadeyi said the deceased may have been killed due to an alleged book-keeping fraud he detected in his Lagos office, adding that the ‘fraud’ he found out “allegedly led to the burning/destruction of some financial/bookkeeping records.”

“In addition to other possible motives, a plausible nexus is, therefore, being suspected between the fire incident and the attack on the deceased,” Fadeyi explained.

The police spokesman, however, appealed to members of the public with credible information on Oko Oloyun’s death to come forward.