Olajide Sowore who was killed by suspected herdsmen buried in Ondo

Olajide Sowore who was killed by suspected herdsmen buried in Ondo

Olajide Sowore, younger brother of former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has been buried in the Kiribo area of Ondo State.

The remains of Olajide was laid to rest in the presence of his wife, four kids, family members, friends and associates.

The elder Sowore, in a Facebook post on Thursday, shared photos of the burial with the caption, “My kid brother Olajide Sowore who was brutally murdered by yet-to-be identified gunmen reportedly referred to as herdsmen/kidnappers on Ore-Benin Road was finally laid to rest today at Kiribo!”

The Sahara Reporters publisher had in a tribute described his brother as “an out-of-the-box thinker” who decided to go back to school when he was about clocking 50.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that suspected herdsmen around 6am on Saturday shot dead Olajide along the Lagos-Benin Expressway in Edo State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kontongs Bello, had told The PUNCH the late Sowore was killed when gunmen kidnapped about five persons.

The PPRO had said, “This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 0645hrs along the Lagos-Benin Expressway by Isuwa kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide male a Pharmacy student of Igbinedion University Okada.

“His remains have been deposited at IUTH Mortuary Okada while effort is ongoing to rescue the five kidnap victims. Search and rescue operation is ongoing.”

A woman, Emmanuella Anyanwu, who escaped from the hoodlums who killed late the Olajide had also said the gunmen demanded a ransom of N10m shortly before she escaped from the camp where she was kept with four others.

Anyanwu had also identified them as herdsmen, saying, “I believe they are Fulani because on that Saturday afternoon, they released their cows and came to where we were being held.

“I saw a mast far away and I started trekking towards it. After one hour or more, I got to a road and saw an elderly man on a motorcycle. I asked him to take me to a police station, which he did.”

Many eminent Nigerians including Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, amongst others, had condemned the killing of Olajide but many Nigerians want security agencies to quickly bring the perpetrators to book.


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