Security operatives have embarked on bush combing in search of suspected assailants of Mr. Olajide Sowore, younger brother of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.
Olajide Sowore, a Pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada, IUO in Edo State, was shot dead in Isiuwa Community, Okada, Benin-Lagos highway on Saturday.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, SP Kotongs Bello disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists on Sunday in Benin City.
He revealed that police armed squad, local vigilante and hunters had been deployed into the forest for the operation at the instance of Edo State Commissioner of police, Mr. Phillip Ogbadu.
Kotongs noted that police have also deployed technical means to facilitate the unconditional release of five in identified hostages linked with the fatal abduction.
“The police is on top of the situation. Since the incident happened yesterday (Saturday), bush combing has started and Edo State Commissioner of police, Mr. Phillip Ogbadu, has directed all technical teams and Okada police Division to put arms together and move into the forest.
“As I speak to you, the local vigilante in that area, police team and the police Division and from police headquarters are already combing the bush in an effort to arresting the assailants and possibly rescue of other persons”, Kotongs said.
He explained that Olajide Sowore was not among the occupants in the bus where some passengers narrowly escaped and others were allegedly whisked away by the hoodlums.
The police spokesman alleged that Sowore rode in a car from Okada to South Western part of Nigeria along with occupants in a bus, according to security report.
Kotongs, stressed that the travellers returned from undisclosed location where they went to take shelter the previous night to remove their property from the broken down bus unknown to them that hoodlums had laid siege to the vehicle.
He stated that the suspected kidnappers fired gunshots at everyone sight to create fear among other road users and victims.
He also revealed that police are yet to be informed if hoodlums who kidnapped unidentified travellers have made any contact with families of the hostages.
The police image maker explained further that three of travellers who narrowly escaped the kidnapping, had turned themselves to police for profiling.
According to him, “Some of the passengers tried to escape. Sowore Olajide Felix was coming from Okada moving from Okada moving towards Benin. He was just a victim….”.
He further assured safety of lives and property of residents of the State, emphasizing that “CP is doing everything possible to ensure that those people (suspected assailants) are arrested and possible release of the kidnapped victims”.