The Oyo police command has debunked reports making the rounds on social media that the suspected killers of Olugbenga Owolabi, a hotelier, have been arrested.
Adewale Osifeso, Oyo police spokesperson, told TheCable, on Monday.
Osifeso said the Oyo police command has not made any arrest on the case, adding that investigation into the incident has commenced.
“If Oyo state police command makes any arrest concerning cases like this, definitely, we would have done a press conference or briefing and invite journalists to let them know that we have some persons in custody,” he said.
“But apparently, since we did not have any of such, what does that imply? A lot of calls have come in about this. We don’t have any of such. Investigations are ongoing as we speak because we have expanded the angles of the investigation.
“The CP has directed that the homicide section of the criminal investigation department to pick up the matter. If we make any of such arrest, definitely, we owe it to the members of the public to bring such persons or group of people out for them to see.”
Over the weekend, unconfirmed reports circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming that officers of the Oyo state police command have arrested the suspected killers of the hotelier and LAUTECH student.
The viral unconfirmed reports, shared alongside a photograph, claimed that the immediate younger brother of the deceased hotelier was arrested as being the alleged mastermind of the kidnap.
“Police had arrested Femi Owolabi, the immediate younger brother of late Gbenga Owolabi, an hotelier in Ogbomoso, who was kidnapped and later killed by the kidnappers alongside LAUTECH student, Rachael,” a viral social media post claims
“By then, all fingers were pointing at herdsmen as the perpetrators of the crime. But the suspect, Femi Owolabi, has owned up to the crime and blamed the devil over what happened in his confessional statement made to the Police. Wonders shall never end!”