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Governor’s ex-aide arrested over lover’s death

The police in Osun State have arrested a former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Bode Olugbore, following the death of 29-year-old, Kemi Arobieke.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Kemi, who the family claimed was Olugbore’s lover, was found dead in the ex-SSA’s apartment on Saturday, August 8.

Our correspondents gathered that Kemi, an event planner, came from Lagos to visit Olugbore in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday, August 6, and promised to return on Saturday.

It was learnt that Kemi’s family, however, got a call on Sunday that the lady had been electrocuted in the ex-SSA’s apartment, and her corpse had been deposited in a mortuary.

It was gathered that the matter was reported at the Dada Police Division, and policemen from the station removed the corpse from the apartment, with the ex-SSA arrested thereafter.

The deceased’s elder brother, Ayoola, who confirmed the death of his sister to our correspondents on the telephone on Tuesday said, Kemi had known Olugbore for about four years, but the family initially did not know about their relationship.

He said he, Kemi and Olugbore were members of the same church in Lagos, adding that her sister told the family that the suspect had separated from his wife, who had three children for him.

Ayoola, said the explanation sounded illogical as there were no traces of burn either on her body or on the fan.

Our correspondents gathered that Olugbore’s lawyer’s said the ex-SSA was not in his apartment at the time of the incident, adding that Kemi’s death was a domestic accident.

The Arobieke’s family lawyer, identified only as Olayiwola, told our correspondents that the result of the autopsy was with the police, adding that both families would be invited by the police.

The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Folashade Odoro, confirmed the arrest.

She added that investigation was ongoing on the matter.

“I don’t know about who is involved, but the suspect has been arrested by the police. Investigation is also ongoing on the matter. When things like this happen, the first suspect is the owner of the apartment. So, he was arrested immediately.”

The governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, when contacted declined to comment on the matter.

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