.Kwara APC Women Leader Killed As Soldiers, Hunters Battle Kidnappers

   A woman leader of the All Progressives Congress was reportedly shot dead in Kwara State on Saturday during crossfire between bandits and a combined team of soldiers and hunters.

   The woman, identified as Mrs Olumo Abolaji, who was the APC women leader in Koro Ward of Ekiti Local Government was one of the eight people kidnapped on Wednesday evening between Araromi Opin and Obbo-Ile in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.

   The politicians were returning home when gunmen suspected to be bandits waylaid them on the way after the swearing in of the state executive of the party performed by the state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, in Ilorin.

  The PUNCH gathered that five of the eight people involved escaped from the kidnappers.

   A relative of one of the victims, Mr Adekunle Oluwole, confirmed that five of the eight people involved escaped from the kidnappers.

   He listed those involved as the Isapa Ward Chairman, Mr Daniel Adewuyi; the Eruku ward Chairman; Women Leader Eruku; Women Leader Obbo Ile; Chairman Obbo Ile Ward; Women Leader Koro ward; and Women Leader Isapa ward, among others.

   He however said the women leaders of Eruku, Obbo-Ile and Koro wards were taken away into the forest by the kidnappers.

  He said some of the victims who escaped from the bandits were taken to the hospital in the area for treatment.

  Oluwole also hinted that four Hilux vans loaded with soldiers, local hunters and vigilante men were drafted to the forest to trail the kidnappers and rescue the victims.

   The state Police Public Relations Officer Ajayi Okasanmi, could not be reached for his reaction on the fate of the kidnapped persons on Sunday as his telephone line was switched off.

   But the state chairman of the APC in the state, Sunday Fagbemi, said that two of the three victims were rescued alive.

  He said, “Two of our party women leaders in Eruku ward and Obbo-Ile ward were rescued alive, but unfortunately we lost one of them because the woman leader of Koro ward was killed by the bandits.

   “The two women were rescued by security men including soldiers, hunters and vigilante men without paying a kobo as ransom.

  “The late women leader in Koro ward has been buried today (Sunday) in Koro and we are just returning from the burial.

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