The Management of Fresh FM Ibadan has refuted the claim by The Oyo State Police Spokesperson Mr Ajisebutu Adekunle over the controversy surrounding whereabouts of driver who drove the car that knocked down and killed Mr Olufemi Oluwajobi, a prominent and experienced Newscaster and OAP with the Radio Station the night of December 31st 2017 on his way to join his friends for the Crossover Service at The Palms Mall Ring Road Ibadan.
The reaction of Fresh FM was in response to the interview published by Punch Newspaper today where the state police spokesperson, Ajisebutu Adekunle, said the Oyo State Command has launched a manhunt for the driver and that no one has been arrested in connection with the death of the OAP.
“We have impounded the car driven by the driver and it is parked in one of our police stations.
The driver escaped from the scene of the accident, but we are searching for him:, he said
Asked if it was true that an arrest has been made by the police, the PPRO said it was too early to give information on what the police have achieved so far,
“We do not want to confirm anything for now. We are working frantically to apprehend the driver of the vehicle”, he added
However, Fresh FM which is owned by gospel artiste, Yinka Ayefele, released a statement,on their Instagram page, On Air and other Social Media Platforms including audio recording of the driver’s description of how the accident happened and what he did after, to refute the police claim.
According to the Radio Station, the said driver, Ahmed Muritala, was apprehended by the police the same day and has since been in the custody of the police.
The full the statement from the Radio station below…
Our attention has been drawn to an online publication by the Punch Newspaper tagged “POLICE BEGIN MANHUNT FOR DRIVER WHO KILLED IBADAN JOURNALIST”
In the publication, Police Public Relations Officer of the OYO State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu claimed that no arrest has been made concerning the death of Olufemi Oluwajobi who died from injuries sutained after being run over by a hit and run driver at Challenge area of Ibadan.
According to him, “We have impounded the car driven by the driver and it is parked in one of our police stations. “The driver escaped from the scene of the accident, but we are searching for him.
This claim by Ajisebutu is unacceptable and we condemn it entirely.
The general public should be informed that the said driver AHMED MURITALA was apprehended by the police the same day and has since been in the custody of the police.
Just yesterday, Tuesday 2nd January 2018, Ahmed confessed to running Olufemi Oluwajobi over but fled the scene as he was destabilized because he had already lost control after hitting a pole few meters before the scene of the accident.
Ahmed was arrested after he caused another accident at Orita area of Ibadan with the same vehicle Honda Element with number plate “FST 04 ES”
Oluwajobi who died in the midnight of 1st January was until his death a presenter and newscaster with Fresh fm, Ibadan.
Born on the 22nd of December, 1985, Mr. Oluwajobi is survived by a pregnant wife, son, aged parents, brother and sisters.
Police Arrest Driver Who Killed Ibadan Journalist
The Oyo State Police Command said the driver who killed Femi Oluwajobi of Fresh FM radio station on New Year eve had been arrested after he turned himself in to the police.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, told our correspondent (Punch Newspaper) that the driver (name withheld) initially lied that he gave the car to an electrician who hit the deceased with it.
Ajisebutu said, “A man was arrested in connection with the accident that killed Oluwajobi. He actually lied that he was not the driver after presenting himself at the police station. He said he gave the car to an electrician who killed the deceased on the night of December 31, 2017. But after interrogation, he confessed that he was actually the driver of the car.”
In his discussion with the owner of Fresh FM, Yinka Ayefele, the driver said that he was coming from his shop in Ogunpa area of Ibadan and that he was looking for fuel in the area where the accident happened.
“I was coming when I saw some people beside the road on that night. The brake failed and I lost control of the vehicle. I hit an electric pole in the process and the car was about to somersault when I hit the man. I did not know if he died. I managed to escape from the scene and took a commercial motorcycle to turn myself in.”