House Mourns Slain Colleague, Adjourns till Wednesday


By Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja

As mark of respect for Hon. Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar, who represented Lagelu/Akinleye constituency of Oyo State who was shot dead last Saturday in his state during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections, the House of Representatives which reconvened Tuesday has adjourned till Wednesday.

Announcing the adjournment, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who bemoaned the lawmaker’s death, said: “It is unfortunate. We lost a member; we will take the prayers and we would adjourn as it is the custom.”

Dogara wrote in the condolence register that the late Temitope was “a fantastic, lively and super active member and colleague. No one should die in the circumstances of your death on a day you exercised your civic duty. We love you but God loves you even more. I feel the pains of your departure but the works you have done while alive will continue to bear witness to the kind of person you were. Rest in peace.”

While the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, prayed that the soul of the departed lawmaker rests in perfect peace, the Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, stated that: “I am still in shock as is the whole House. You will be missed and I pray that you will rest in peace.”