Sues UCH for N200m over alleged release of the gory picture
By Ola Ajayi
AS the Oyo State Police Command is making frantic efforts to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of the member of the House of Representatives, the late Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar, his family has urged the public to disregard some reports alleging that the late lawmaker had been involved in violent attacks on some people in the past.
The family represented by Hon. Olatunji Olatoye, the elder brother of the lawmaker, who represented Lagelu/Akinyele until his death on March 9, 2019, during the governorship and House of Assembly election at Lalupon area of Ibadan, described what he called damaging reports on social media as nothing but fake news.
Contrary to the negative reports, he said his late brother was a philanthropist per excellence adding that “these attacks on the person of the late Olatoye Sugar can be best described as fake news and handiwork of mischief makers and political enemies of Sugar who want to use the comments to their own political advantage.”
Making reference particularly to audio credited to one Mrs Folake, who claimed to be the landlady of the late Olatoye at Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the bereaved man dismissed the assertion, saying that “there is no iota of truth in it.” For the avoidance of doubt, Sugar lived in two places while he was in Ogun State. He lived at Osiele and Asero. The house at Osiele was owned by one Balogun Ajala who is the son of Sugar’s landlord. In fact, the land that Sugar bought, he bought it from the landlord. At Asero, he lived in Chief Adewusi’s house.
“So, I’m surprised where the woman got her information from. If my late brother was such a character as described by the woman, he would not have been given chieftaincy titles. My brother lived a fulfilled life and he was loved by the people.”
Family sues UCH for N200m over alleged release of gory picture
Irked by the bloody picture trending on social media, the family has filed a petition against the teaching hospital. In the petition prepared by Barr. C. C. Amedu of Ikeh Sunday Chambers, Ibadan, which was copied to the Minister of Health and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Ibadan chapter, the family said: “It is disheartening that despite the earlier instructions and directives from your staff at the Intensive Care Unit and Pathology Dept, your staff caused/allowed the taking, circulation and publication of horrific and dehumanising photographs of the deceased which have been trending online and all over social media without the prior consent of the deceased or his relatives.
“A cursory assessment of the attached photographs revealed that the deceased as at the time the photographs were taken, was still at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in a pool of blood. Therefore, it is reasonable and unarguable to believe that only your staff could access the unit at the material time.
“The above conduct of your staff suggested that instead of your
personnel on duty to have acted in their full professional capacity, focusing on taking care of the deceased, which might have probably saved his life, they were busy taking his pictures which perhaps for the purpose of selling same to social media operators as it can be seen trending online.”
Describing the act as an alleged “unethical and brazen display of professional misconduct” of the hospital’s staff, he demanded the immediate recall of the published photographs from the public domain and punishment for the staff guilty of the offence. They also demanded a written apology from the said members of staff which should be published in not less than three national newspapers.
The petition stated further that the hospital must accede to the above requests within seven days or have “an aggravated negligence action” filed against it in court.”
Oyo Chief Whip denies involvement
Meanwhile, the Chief Whip of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr. Olafisoye Akinmoyede, who was alleged to be involved in the killing of ‘Sugar’, said his hands are clean.
Akinmoyede, who has since been in police custody at the State Criminal Investigations Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, urged the police to look elsewhere for the killers of Sugar who he described as his political ally.
The lawmaker, in a statement by his media assistant, Mr. Segun Olawale said: “Although both of us are from rival political parties, ‘Sugar’ was my friend, brother and longtime political ally. We were together in APC for a very long time before he defected to the African Democratic Party, ADP, under whose platform he contested for the Oyo South Senatorial election.
“I am a man of peace and this can be attested to by my political associates, my colleagues in the House of Assembly and indeed, the people of my constituency. The fact that Sugar and I are not from the same political party does not mean that we should be at each other’s throats.
“Incidentally, we were not contesting for the same political office.
While he contested for the Oyo South Senatorial seat, I contested for the Lagelu State Constituency for the second term,” he stated.
Akinmoyede further said that the unfortunate killing of Olatoye did not happen at his polling unit, Ward 7, Isale Osun, where he had earlier cast his vote and that there was no crisis whatsoever while the voting lasted until the arrival of the federal lawmaker in Lalupon town from his Alape Village with his “boys” which resulted in the electorate scampering for safety.
“I am therefore surprised by the reports in a section of the media to the effect that I was arrested by the police. I must state emphatically that I was never arrested. I reported myself to them voluntarily upon receiving their call,” the lawmaker said.
In one of the comments by the brother of the deceased, he said emphatically that he saw those who shot his brother dead on the fateful day.
People of the state especially teeming supporters of the late law maker are telling the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu to keep his promise of fishing out the killers of the law maker.