House of Reps member killed for political reasons - Family of late Sugar speaks
Eromosele Ebhomele|March. 13, 2019
- The family of Honourable Temitope Olatoye, also known as Sugar, believes his death was politically motivated
- His family want the police to carry out proper investigation into the killing of their breadwinner
- The bereaved family also asks the APC government in the state not to meddle in the investigation by the police
The family of Honourable Temitope Olatoye, also known as Sugar, a member of the House of Representatives, who was killed recently in Oyo state, has opened up saying his murder was politically motivated.
Sugar was killed on his way to Ibadan during the governorship election.
Premium Times reports that Olajide Olatoye, a brother of the late lawmaker, who spoke on Tuesday, March, 12, said the murder of Sugar must be properly investigated.
Olatoye spoke in reaction to the statement credited to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police, zone II, Leye Oyebade, and the commissioner of Oyo state command of the law enforcement agency, Shina Olukolu.
The police officers had reportedly said Sugar’s killing was not politically motivated. They described it as a case of murder.
“With due respect, I think that incident has a political undertone at the time Sugar was killed. Did Sugar go to Oja’ba to buy yam? Or did he go to Bodija to buy beans?
“It was during election, and he was coming back from where he went to perform his civic responsibility as a good citizen of this country and as a federal legislator.
“His killing has much importance to his political murderers.
“I am debunking the statement with due respect, made by the police AIG that his killing was not politically motivated.
“I want to say categorically that Sugar was the breadwinner of this Olatoye family and they have taken him away.
“What is now our gain? If this incident is not curbed, they will still do it to (kill) other members of the family,” Olatoye said while, however, commending the police for their efforts concerning the case.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also mourned the death of Olatoye Temitope, who represented Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency of Oyo state.