Kidnappers have reportedly killed a final year student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Opadele Racheal Abiola, and a hotelier.
According to reports, the 500-level student and the owner of Tana Suites, Olugbenga Owolabi, were abducted in the early hours of Friday, July 29, 2022, at the hotel located in the Abaa community in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Although there is no confirmation about the killing from the police yet, sources close to the student’s family said the victims were shot dead after the kidnappers had collected a N5m ransom.
The okada rider, who took the ransom to the kidnapper’s den was also reportedly shot dead while a fourth person is at an undisclosed hospital receiving treatment.
According to a family source, the ransom was taken to the kidnappers on Tuesday night along the Ogbomoso-Ilorin road around the Igbon area and the abductors counted the money to ensure it was up to the agreed amount.
The source said the kidnappers were angered when they became aware of the presence of soldiers at the LAUTECH area who stormed Ogbomoso ostensibly to provide security sequel to the increasing waves of kidnapping in the community.
“Soldiers were deployed to Ogbomoso yesterday but the bandits thought we invited the soldiers and so they opened fire on the victims and the men who took the ransom money there,” the source said.
The source added that the corpses would be evacuated on Wednesday morning. The Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis, confirmed the incident to Punch, saying, “It is true.”
Multiple sources said the Ogbomoso-Ilorin road had been taken over by the angry youths who are protesting the alleged killing of the victims.