Mr Dotun Shomefun believed to be one of the supporters of ex-chairman, Surulere North Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Oko, Oyo State, who also sustained gunshot injury in the crisis that rocked Ogbomoso axis and its environs over the lingering leadership crisis rocking Oyo State, is currently helping the State Police Command in investigation over the death of Mr ISA Azeez on Monday.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a statement released on Tuesday.
Fadeyi who said the State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, frowned at the crisis over the leadership of the local government in its fifth day, warned ‘contending interest to desist from these acts of brigandage or be ready to face the consequences of their actions or inactions and the full wrath of the law.”
He informed that it is unfortunate that the political crisis claimed the life of a person with another sustaining injury.
Police have commenced investigations with the aim of unravelling the perpetrators and forestall future occurrences.
Explaining how the incident happened and what the Police have done so far, Fadeyi in the statement disclosed that “The Divisional Police Officer, Iresaadu stated that on Monday morning at Surulere Local Government secretariat Area, one black Acura legend saloon car with registration number, Lagos KRD 747 FH and one blue Volkswagen Passat car with registration number, Oyo RSD 17 SA owned and occupied by one Honourable Israel Ogundiran, the ex-Local Government Chairman of Surulere North LCDA, Oko while heading to Iwofin Ogbomoso, was allegedly attacked by alleged supporters of the Caretaker Chairman of Surulere Local Government, Iresaadu who were already at the Local government secretariat gate; hence, there was an exchange of gunshots between the two groups.
“In the process, it was alleged that occupants of the black Acura legend saloon car believed to be supporters of the elected chairman opened fire and one Isah Azeez ‘male’ about 50 years of age was hit by pellets and he was immediately rushed to Bowen Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, for immediate medical attention, but unfortunately he died later in the hospital.
“In the same vein, the gunshot from the crowd believed to be supporters of the Caretaker Chairman outside the secretariat gate on the two vehicles also hit one Dotun Shomefun, male, an occupant of the black Acura legend who also sustained gunshot injuries on the shoulder and was taken to Ogbomoso by his group for treatment.
“The injured but stable Dotun Shomefun is in Police custody and will help in unravelling the perpetrators of this dastardly act.”
Fadeyi then added that the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police SCID, Iyaganku Ibadan to immediately take over the case file and commence a detailed investigation into the unfortunate incident with a view of preventing a reoccurrence and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, the Police image maker also noted that another suspect, 30-year-old Ibrahim Raji was arrested for being in possession of a locally-made pistol and charms at the entrance of Ibadan South West local government, Alesinloye, Ibadan, on the same day.
He disclosed that “in the course of the lingering crisis, the Police have also arrested one Ibrahim Raji, male, age 30 years at the gate of Ibadan South-West Local Government, Aleshinloye with a locally made pistol and charms.”
He added that at “Ibadan South-East Local Government, Mapo, the Police also recovered a sack containing eight cutlasses, one Axe and a UTC knife all meant to be used to commit a crime. But the Police will not relent in its efforts at securing lives and property.”