Police, LP, APC Condemn Killing of Oyo Lawmaker


Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

The Oyo state police command on Saturday vowed to track the gunmen who assassinated a serving Labour Party (LP) lawmaker in the Oyo state House of Assembly, Gideon Aremu, who represented Oorelope constituency.

He was gunned down late Friday evening in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in his Alakia Ibadan residence after alighting from his car.

Eye-witness accounts said the lawmaker was murdered in front of his house by the killers, who had trailed him to his residence using a motorcycle, before opening fire on him.

Hon. Aremu, until his demise, was the only opposition lawmaker in the Oke Ogun area, as his other nine colleagues are from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security.

Confirming the incident, the Police Police Relations Officer (PPRO) for the State Command, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said investigation was ongoing, adding: “I can confirm that the incident happened late yesterday (Friday), and the police have swung into action,” he said adding that the Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade had already deployed human and material resources in tracking down the culprits.

“We can assure the public that very soon, we will apprehend those behind this cruel act. We equally want to appeal to members of the public who have information that will help our cause to come forward. Please don’t hesitate.”

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