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Gunmen Kill Hotelier, LAUTECH Student, Motorcyclist After Collecting N5m Ransom

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Gunmen Kill Hotelier, LAUTECH Student, Motorcyclist After Collecting N5m Ransom

An hotelier, Olugbenga Owolabi and a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Rachael Opadele who were recently kidnapped from Ogbomoso town in Oyo State, have been killed by their abductors.

According to a report by DailyPost, Owolabi was an hotelier who recently returned to Ogbomoso while Opadele was a student of LAUTECH who was working at the hotel due to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

It was gathered that the duo were abducted  on 29th July 2022 at the hotel located in Abaa area of Ogbomoso.

Sources said the kidnappers had earlier demanded ransom for the release of the victims.

It was however learnt that the duo have been killed.

They were reportedly shot on Tuesday evening by the kidnappers after a sum of N5m was collected as ransom.

A family source who begged not to be named told DAILY POST on Wednesday that the motorcyclist who carried the man who went to pay the ransom to the bush was also killed.

DailyPost further reports that the motorcyclist was shot dead in anger, while the ransom carrier is currently receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

The source said the ransom was taken to the bush along the Ogbomoso-Ilorin road around Igbon area and that the kidnappers counted the money to ensure it was up to the agreed amount.

It was learnt that the kidnappers became angry when they became aware of the presence of soldiers at the LAUTECH area.

The source told DAILY POST that the sum of N5m was paid but the kidnappers went ahead to kill the duo and the motorcyclist.

The source added that the matter has been reported at Igbon Police Division.

“They have killed them. They demanded ransom and we sent someone who promised to deliver it.

“We saw a motorcyclist who said he can go. He said that he will collect five thousand naira and we paid.

“But, the kidnappers after collecting the money went ahead to kill them. Don’t mention my name because I don’t want anyone to be looking for me. We have reported the case at Igbon police station”, he was quoted to have said.

Ayomide Ayano

A writer, communicator, Graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Christian.

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