The Oasis Reporters
January 25, 2020
From Lagos to Oyo State, quite a good number of Nigerians shed tears when the news broke that popular Lagos-based traditional medicine practitioner Fatai Yusuf, popularly known as Oko Oloyun had been killed by some unknown gunmen, in what the police on Friday said
could be linked to an ongoing fraud issue in his Lagos office.
“An interesting twist to the story was that the deceased probably had earlier detected an alleged bookkeeping records fraud in his Lagos office which subsequently allegedly led to the burning/destruction of some financial/bookkeeping records,” spokesman to Oyo State Police Command Gbenga Fadeyi said in a statement.
In addition to other possible motives, Fadeyi said the police is exploring the plausible connection between the fire incident and the attack on Oko Oloyun.
Oko Oloyun was shot dead on Thursday while travelling from Lagos to Iseyin in Oyo State, where he recently commissioned a big building for business.
Police said he was hit by a bullet after a suspected assassin shot at his vehicle about 4:30 pm on Eruwa-Igbo-Ora road in Oyo State,
Hours after his death, police said it is also interrogating the two police escorts that were with Oko Oloyun when he was shot dead “with a view of finding and apprehending the fleeing suspects who wrecked the heinous act.”
The police spokesman appealed to members of the public with credible information on Oko Oloyun’s death to assist the Oyo State Police Command in its bid to detect the crime and apprehend the offenders.
He assured members of the public that the “police is on top of the situation and working with other Police formations/units to ensure that the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Adamu to crack this case as quickly as possible is complied with to the letter.”
“In addition, it is our resolve that no matter how long it takes, the Commissioner of Police promises to bring the culprits to justice within the shortest possible time,” Olugbenga said.
Oko Oloyun’s corpse has been deposited in the Igbo-Ora General Hospital, Oyo State.
Alhaji Fatai Yusuf is the manufacturer of Yoyo Bitters, a herbal mixture that even Nigerians in the diaspora place orders for. His other herbal products include Fijk Flusher. His companies include Oko-Oloyun Worldwide and De-Fayus International.
Confirming the sad incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, said that Yusuf was killed around 4:30pm on the road while traveling to Iseyin, Oyo State.
Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Commissioner of Police (CP) Shina Olukolu has visited the scene of the incident with some deputy commissioners for an on-the-spot fact-finding mission.
The PPRO said Olukolu has directed a high-powered manhunt for the hoodlums that perpetrated the dastardly act with a view to bringing them to justice.
Yusuf, who until his death was the President of the Physiotherapists’ Association of Nigeria.
His assailant trailed him from Lagos till the point where he was murdered.
Yusuf, it was also learnt, always opted for that route to escape insecurity on Nigeria’s major roads. The route is said to be quite rural.