By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Family of slain Federal Lawmaker representing Akinyele/Lagelu constituency, Hon. Temitope Olatoye ‘Sugar’ has warned the Oyo State Government to steer clear of the current investigation ongoing on the assassination of his brother in order to unravel the mystery in the development for justice to prevail.
Mr Olajide Olatoye, Sugar’s elder brother gave the warning during lying-in-state, held for Sugar at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
He cautioned the state government in facilitating the release of the killers of his younger brother.
The slain lawmaker popularly known as ‘Sugar’, who was a serving member in the House of Representatives until his death on March 23, was a former lawmaker in the 7th state House of Assembly between 2011 and 2015.
According to Olajide, the information at his disposal was that the state government in connivance with some members of the state House of Assembly were facilitating the release of some suspects arrested in connection with the unfortunate assassination of his brother.
Said he”Government should desist from facilitating the release of the killers of my brother, let justice prevail. Oyo State Government should hand off its hand in the investigation of the incident and allow the perpetrators of the evil act to face the wrath of the law.”
Also speaking on behalf of the Olatoye’s family, the younger brother to the deceased, Mr. Dotun Olatoye disclosed that despite all the support the family had been receiving from different quarters after the unfortunate incident, state government still found it difficult to fish out the killers of his elder brother and made them to face the wrath of the law.
He pointed out that there was the need to value human life, querying how would a serving federal lawmaker be killed without proper investigation and arrest of the perpetrators?
“Sugar was a great icon and the generalissimo of the masses; he has paid all his dues while on earth. He was a man of peace, even when he lost an election, he remained calm.”
Earlier in his tribute, the speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Olagunju Ojo said that the death of the late lawmaker showed that the state had lost an illustrious son that would not be forgotten in a hurry.
Olagunju reiterated that the deceased was a monumental and unique person while he was alive, noting that no one could have expected him to be murdered at his prime age.
“In life, it is not how far, but how well, on behalf of the 8th assembly, we wish you eternal life and journey mercy.”
Also speaking at the event was a member of the assembly, Hon. Segun Olaleye who called on the family not to take vengeance on anybody, adding that how to take care of the deceased wife and children should be their concern.
Olaleye who spoke in an emotional laden voice revealed: “Sugar told me in my dream that no one should take revenge on his behalf, but his wife and children should be well taken care of.”
He, however, promised to sponsor two of the deceased children to university level, adding that the state has lost a freedom fighter and a goal getter.
While extolling the virtues of ‘Sugar’ in their respective tributes, former members of the state house of assemble who served in the 7th assembly with the deceased, noted that late lawmaker was a man of many parts who lived his life for the masses.
He was referred to as a pillar of support to the down trodden, while his philanthropic gesture while he was alive was eulogised.