Kidnappers reportedly kill abducted LAUTECH student and hotelier after collecting N5m ransom

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Kidnappers have reportedly killed a final year student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Opadele Racheal Abiola and a hotelier.

Olugbenga Owolabi is a hotelier who recently returned to Ogbomoso 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.

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The duo 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.

Sources said the kidŋappers had earlier demanded ransom for the release of the victims. It was, however, learnt that the duo have been killed.

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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.

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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 Ogbomoso-Ilorin road around 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 LAUTECH area who stormed Ogbomoso ostensibly to provide security sequel to the increasing waves of kidnapping in the community.

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