Oyetola Orders Probe into Death of Suspected Yahoo Boy Chased by Police


Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has ordered investigation into the death of a suspected internet fraudster popularly called ‘Yahoo Boy’ on Tuesday while being chased by police officers attached to the Osun Joint Task Force.

The suspect, identified as Remi, was pursued alongside three others, leading to an accident on Tuesday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. 

The Toyota Corolla with registration number KUJ 553 LY Abuja, conveying the internet fraudster, ran into an electric pole during the chase.

Remi was said to have died on the spot while three others who were severely injured were immediately rushed to hospital.

Following the incident, angry youths stormed the street in protest and took the victim’s body to the entrance of government house, Oke-fia, Osogbo while they also damaged the vehicle of the police in the area.

Reacting to the incident, the state government in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Funke Egbemode, on Wednesday, said the governor has ordered the police to investigate the matter.

The governor said he was shocked at the tragedy and the disruption that followed it.

“The tragic events that reportedly led to the death of one person on Tuesday evening were both sad and shocking and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances that led to it all.

“To the governor, all lives matter and nobody has a right under our laws to take a life summarily. While we appreciate the great job our law enforcement agencies are doing to keep Osun safe, the confusion and disruption to our peaceful state capital on Tuesday needs to be investigated ”

Oyetola also urged the families of the deceased and the injured not to take matters into their hands by hurting more people or destroying properties.

“We implore our citizens to trust the government to get to the bottom of this sad occurrence. Let us all go about our lives peacefully while we await results of the investigation”, the statement read.


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