Barely 24 hours after gunmen, who were believed to be kidnappers, killed former Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore’s brother, Olajide, the Nigerian Police has disclosed that the deceased was shot by the kidnappers for disobeying their orders.
The police added that the deceased, a brother to the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online media platform, was not a target but a victim who ran into kidnappers during their operations.
Olajide, a Pharmacy student of Igbenedion University in Okada, Edo State, according to the law enforcement officers, was not an occupant of the vehicle that the kidnappers aimed to abduct the passengers at the scene.
Narrating how the murder occurred, the spokesperson of the Edo Police Command, Kontongs Bello, has hinted that the trail of the perpetrators has been intensified and that three persons have been rescued.
“Sowore was not one of the occupants of the bus in which five persons were kidnapped. He was just someone that ran into the incident. He was coming and met the situation on the ground.
“Sowore was coming from Okada to Benin. He was just a victim. The kidnappers tried to stop him, but he refused to stop. They were shooting, the bullet hit his car and one of the bullets got him, and he died on the spot”, the spokesman added.
Kontongs further explained that the commercial bus, whose passengers were abducted, was heading towards Lagos but developed a mechanical fault around 2am on Saturday and that they abandoned it for safety.
“The occupants looked for somewhere to sleep and early in the morning they came with the intention to pack their belongings from the bus, but unknown to them, the kidnappers have laid an ambush, and immediately opened on the bus in an attempt to create fear in them.”
He disclosed that the search team rescued three of the occupants of the bus who were hiding in the bush after they have escaped and brought them to the station.
“Bush combing has started, the commissioner of police, Philip Ogbadu, has directed the tactical team to join the Divisional police headquarters at Okada and vigilante for the bush combing since yesterday to arrest the assistants and rescue the five victim” he said.