Aftermath Of Hon. Sugar Olatoye’s Killing In Ibadan: Churches Scanty, Buses Few

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Hon. Olatoye Temitope Sugar.

The Oasis Reporters

March 9, 2019

Hon. Olatoye Temitope Sugar.

Ibadan, capital city of Oyo State, South West Nigeria was thrown into confusion, Saturday during the Governorship and State Assembly elections held in a majority of states, Saturday March 9, 2019 when news filtered out that the lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency, Olatoye Temitope Sugar, had been shot in the eye and multiple times in his face and all over his body, according to a source.

He was said to have been shot by suspected thugs as he made to leave the Polling Unit in his hometown in Elesu village, Lalupon, Lagelu local government area of the state on Saturday morning

Though not residing in his village which is in the suburbs of Ibadan, Olatoye Sugar had traversed quite a few parties, from the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he won the Federal legislative seat which he later left to join the Action Democratic Party, ADP that had former PDP governor of the state, Christopher Alao Akala as it’s gubernatorial candidate.

Sugar was not residing permanently at Elesu village. He only went there to cast his vote at Ward 13 of his Local Government Area. He was shot in the presence of some of his followers, moments after he left his polling unit.

Reports said he was hurriedly rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan for medical attention but died shortly afterwards.

The lawmaker was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2011 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There were skirmishes by some of his distraught and angry supporters along Iwo road, Iyana Church, Olodo area, Isebo road and other parts of Ibadan as church goers were in some instances, prevented from getting to their various destinations.

Many bus drivers advised themselves to stay off the roads, causing many commuters to walk long distances.

Shortly afterwards, Soldiers and mobile policemen were seen on patrol, in a bid to control possible violence in some notable flashpoints.

Monday morning, two days after Hon. Olatoye’s killing bus -stops along Iwo road usually seen as a beehive of school children boarding buses to school, seem scanty as at the time of filing this report by our correspondent. Parents remain apprehensive as Iwo Road is a major political stronghold of the slain legislator.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reacted to the death of the lawmaker representing Akinyele/ Lagelu federal constituency in Oyo State, Hon. Temitope Olatoye.

Reacting to the development, Dogara expressed sadness over the death of the lawmaker.

He tweeted, “I received with shock, the sad and distressing news of the assassination of my brother and colleague, Hon. Olatoye Temitope Sugar, in Oyo State today. The murder of Hon Sugar in election violence today is primitive, wicked, inhumane, barbaric and highly condemnable.

“He was a fine gentleman, committed patriot, dedicated, hardworking lawmaker and worthy representative of his people. We mourn him and all those whose lives were cut short by forces of evil and soulless men. Our heartfelt condolences to their families. We pray for speedy recovery.

“For all those injured. Elections are not war and should never be, they are and should be for service to God and country and not conquest with the barrel of the gun. The rate of killings, thuggery, ballot snatching, voter suppression and other forms of electoral malpractices -some aided and abetted by security agencies- in these elections portend great danger to our democracy and the survival of the Nigerian nation, since the will of the people as expressed in the ballot does not always count. It is unbelievable that 20 years after return to civilian rule, Nigeria is still stuck in the dark, primitive and uncivilised age where elections are seen as war and a do-or-die affair. The killers of Hon Sugar and all those who lost their lives in election related violence must be brought to book.

“We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief to set up a commission to investigate these killings and bring the perpetrators to book”, according to a Daily Post report.

A close relative of Olatoye Sugar spoke to Concise News that “There are many things I can’t say here, but have it at the back of your mind that there is possibility his death is not political” .

“He is very acceptable among his people- well-loved. In fact, he was the most popular among the senatorial candidates. But due to the fact that his party (Action Democratic Party, ADP) is a fresh party, and you know most voters are just conversant with PDP and APC, he lost in the February 23 National assembly poll for the Oyo Central senatorial district seat to Teslim Folarin of the APC.”

The deceased leaves behind an aged mother and father.

People in his Oyo Central Senatorial district would remember him for deploying his coaster bus to ferry his constituents to far-flung local government Secretariats, ensuring that they registered to vote, at whatever cost.

There are some speculations that he may have had strong ties to transport workers unions in Oyo State.

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