Kidnapped politician killed during rescue effort

A female politician has been shot dead while being rescued from the grips of her abductors in Kwara State, north-central Nigeria.

The victim, identified as Mrs. Olumo Abolaji, was a leader of the All Progressives Congress and the party’s woman leader for Koro ward, in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

She was one of three women and three men kidnapped while they were returning from the inauguration of the state executive of the APC, held at the Kwara State Banquet Hall last week.

The kidnappers had demanded N20 million ransom for their release, according to Daily Trust.

An exchange of gunfire reportedly ensued between the kidnappers and local vigilantes trying to rescue the victims. Olomi was killed in the process.

Two officials have reportedly confirmed the incident. They are the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) Chairman of Ekiti Local Government, Hon Kayode Bayode, and a state lawmaker, Hon. Ganiyu Gabriel Afolarin.

Bayode said, “The (N20m) ransom had been prepared but our vigilantes insisted that they want to go and rescue the victims. Unfortunately, we lost Mrs. Olomi Sunday during the gun battle.

The men also sustained injuries and one of them is in a serious condition from the gunshots suffered in the process.

I’m at the hospital now in the council where they were taken for treatment.”

Adding,  Afolarin said while they lost Olomi, “the other five victims were rescued and no ransom was paid at the end of the day. ”

The Kwara State Police Command are yet to comment on the incident.


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