Bandits Kill American Based Investor, LAUTECH student, motorcyclist after collecting N5m ransom

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Reports from Ogbomoso town in Oyo State indicate that the duo of Olugbenga Owolabi and Rachael Opadele who were abducted recently have been killed by their abductors.


Owolabi is a hotelier who recently returned to Ogbomoso from Abroad while Opadele is a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) but was working at the hotel due to the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

The duo were abducted on 29 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 Tuesday evening by the kidnappers after a sum of N5m was collected as ransom.

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

Our correspondent gathered 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.

It was learnt that the soldiers stormed Ogbomoso on Tuesday, to provide security sequel to the increasing waves of kidnapping in the area.

The source told Newsmen 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”.

Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Adewale Osifeso when contacted said he will get back to our correspondent.

His words, “Would get back to you, please”.

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