Fayose Petitions Police, NHRC Over Murder Of Anti-impeachment Protester


Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Bem Angwe, over the killing of Modupe Temitope Olaiya in Efon-Alaaye on Wednesday.

Olaiya was allegedly shot dead by a yet to be identified person at Itawure, near Efon Alaye during a commotion that ensued when the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers threatening to impeach the governor were prevented from entering the state by soldiers.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti yesterday, disclosed that Fayose had petitioned the police and NHRC, urging them to commence a full scale investigation with a view of bringing the culprits to book. The petition titled “Murder of Mr Modupe Temitope Olaiya; call for investigation and prosecution of culprits” was signed by Fayose.

“I write to call your attention to the murder of Mr ModupeTemitope Olaya, in Efon-Alaaye junction, Ekiti State yesterday.

“Modupe Olaiya was said to be going about his lawful business peacefully when gun shots were fired at him and other people at Efon-Alaaye junction by rampaging All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers, who were coming to Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in two unmarked Toyota buses.

“The APC lawmakers were escorted by some fully armed mobile policemen, who I later discovered were brought from MOPOL 20 in Lagos State.

“Some of the mobile policemen alleged to have been identified are as follows: Sgt. Oyelakin Zacchaeus (F/No 386073), Cpl. Adewuya Clement (F/No 396903), Cpl James Ogunji (F/No 386976), Cpl Ebute Michael (F/No 343469) and Cpl. Ibrahim Zock (F/No 235510).

“To my surprise, instead of the police arresting the lawmakers, they were allowed to return to Oshogbo, Osun State where they came from.

“As I write, the entire Efon-Alaaye community is tense, with the people expecting justice to prevail on the gruesome murder of Modupe Olaiya.

“It is therefore on this note, and most importantly, the need to restore the confidence of the people in the police that I implore that you use your good offices to order a thorough investigation into the murder.

“It is also important that the involvement of the above listed mobile policemen is ascertained as they were not from Ekiti State and were not deployed to escort the lawmakers to the state by the Ekiti State Police Command.

“Thanking you for your anticipated prompt action,” the petition read.