Slain Lawmaker’s family asserts his murder was political 

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan


The family of Mr. Temitope Olatoye Sugar, the late member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency of Oyo State, who was murdered on Saturday, has shown appreciation to the Police for making great efforts at fishing out his killers.

The first son and spokesperson for the family, Mr Olajide Oluwashina Olatoye, popularly referred to as ‘Big Daddy’, said this during a news conference at the Alakia, Ibadan residence of the deceased’s parents.

He stated: “I am using this medium to thank the police that they have been trying with their investigation and trying to arrest the guys that did the job.”

Mr. Olatoye however dismissed the idea that his brother’s killing was not politically motivated, as stated in a media report credited to the Police; saying that the Police hierarchy should stop playing politics with the death of their breadwinner.

He declared: “I want to debunk the news being said by the AIG and Commissioner of Police in Oyo State that the killing of Sugar has nothing to do with politics, that it was just a murder case. No, it is not true.”

The senior Olatoye expressed shock that the murder of a man that occurred on his way from a polling booth, where he had gone to vote could be said not to be politically motivated.

He asserted: “With due respect, I think that statement has a political undertone. By the time they killed Sugar, was he in Oja’ba where he went to buy yam? Was it at Bodija where he went to buy beans?

“It was during the election and he was coming from where he went to perform his civic duties as a good citizen of the country and as a Federal legislative member. To us, it was a political murder. The killing was obviously politically motivated,” he said.

The deceased’s brother pleaded with the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police to ensure that Sugar’s killers are brought to book to prevent a future recurrence.

He said: “We want justice to be done in order to prevent future occurrences. These are our great future and leaders that we are looking up to.”

“I will say categorically that Sugar was the breadwinner of this Olatoye family and they have taken him away. What is now our gain? And if this is not curbed, they will still do it to other members of the family,” Olatoye lamented.