The Nigerian Police Force had earlier arrested a suspect, Akinmoyede who is the chief whip of Oyo State House of Assembly, in connection to the homicide which occurred during the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections last Saturday.
The police have arrested four more suspects for the murder of House of Representatives member for Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency, Temitope Olatoye, popularly known as ‘Sugar.’
This brings the number of suspects in police custody to five.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, confirmed the arrest of the suspects on Thursday, noting that efforts to apprehend other accomplices is their top priority.
Mba, in response to our correspondent’s inquiries, listed those in custody as “Lafisoye Akinmoyede, 54; Alh. Rafiu Adebayo, 68; Taofeek Adebayo a.k.a Ejo, 39, Alh. Rasheed Oladele, 66 and Mutiu Oguntola, 28, who was apprehended on Thursday.”
Mba explained that Oguntola sustained bullet injuries in the shoulder blade and groin while trying to evade arrest and was subsequently taken to an undisclosed hospital where he was being stabilised.
He said, “I can confirm that we are making steady progress in our investigation into the murder of Olatoye. We have five suspects in custody and the operation to arrest other suspects involved in the heinous crime is ongoing.
“The suspects are still in the custody of the Oyo State Police Command where they are helping the police to track down other accomplices.”
The Police spokesman added that the men may be transferred to Abuja next week.
Olatoye was shot on the head by gunmen and was rushed to the University College Hospital where he died at the Intensive Centre Unit while receiving treatment.
The deceased had contested the Oyo Central Senatorial district on the platform of the Action Democratic Party during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.