Woman shot dead in search for abducted Lagos PDP Chairman

A captive, Bilikisu Kazeem was shot dead during a search for captives, including Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Philip Aivoji who whisked away on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway inward Lagos State along with other travellers by gunmen last Thursday.

The tragic incident was preceded by a report received on the 25th of January 2024 at about 1900hrs yet-to-be identified gunmen who barricaded the highway with articulated vehicles, preventing oncoming motorist and started firing indiscriminately.

The abduction, according to police, caused a state-of-commotion and panic, which made motorist to abandon their vehicles and fled for safety into the bush; a Divisional Police Officer of Isara Division had mobilized against yet-to-be identified hoodlums.

Spokesperson for the Nigeria police in Ogun State, SP Omolola Odutola who confirmed the incident in a statement, said nine captives were rescued by the police during encounter with hoodlums.
on Saturday January 27.

She revealed that the 37-year-old woman gave up the ghost before getting to hospital, while her remains was immediately collected by her relatives who were conveying her to the hospital, turned down any autopsy examination from the police.

She also said four other targets, including Eunice Afolake Osalusi “f”, Erinfolami Samuel “m”, Obafemi Da Altantra “m” and Adeyinka Mathew were injured but their condition was said to be non-life threatening condition are in a stable condition at a medical facility.

SP. Odutola explained that the PDP Chairman is still in captivity, while the anti-kidnapping Unit of the Command has geared tracking effort to the arrest of fleeing suspects in the bushes after the incident on Thursday last week.

Part of the statement reads, “Sadly, one Bilikisu Kazeem “f” aged 37years, gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital. Her remains was immediately collected by her relatives who were conveying her to the hospital, declining any autopsy examination from the police”.

“One Philip Aivoji “m” whose identity was later given by those earlier rescued revealed he is the Lagos State PDP Chairman and is still held captive, but covert operations are in place to ensure his release”, SP Odutola said in the statement.

The police spokesperson said a white Mazda Bus marked LSR 288 XE was slightly damaged, including one AK47 Magazine containing 28 live ammunitions believed to belong to the hoodlums, handsets, car key, were among the exhibits recovered in the fatal rescue operation that were handed over to respective owners.

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