Edo Police Command Explains Sowore’s Killing By Suspected Kidnappers


Edo State Police Command, on Sunday, threw more light on the killing of Felix Olajide Sowore, a Pharmacy student of Igbinedion University Okada by suspected Kidnappers along the Benin/ Ore Expressway on Saturday.

Edo Police spokesman, Bello Kontongs while addressing newsmen in Benin said it has become necessary to inform the general public following the panic the death of Felix Olajide Sowore was creating among the general public.

According to the PPRO, it has become very necessary to inform the general public because of the panic that the incident is creating among the general public, especial the residents of Edo State as regard the killing of Felix Olajide Sowore on September 4, 2021 at about 6:45 hours on Saturday.

“It has become necessary for us to brief the press to inform the general public that police is on top of the situation since the incident happened.

“The Commissioner of Police has directed the tactical team to put hands together with the Divisional police headquarters at Okada for the bush combing since yesterday and the bush combing has started,

“As I speak to you the local vigilantes in that area, the police tactical team from the state command and the Divisional police headquarters at Okada are all together in the bush right now combing the forests in an efforts to arresting the assailants and possible rescuing five other persons that are still with the kidnappers” he said.

Kontongs Bello also told journalists that Sowore Felix was not one of the occupants of the bus that some of the passengers were kidnapped, pointing out that Sowore was only unlucky to have ran into the incident.

“He was coming and met the situation on ground as the bus that was carrying the kidnapped passengers was actually coming from the South going towards Lagos.

“The bus belonged to a private transport company, and broken down at around 2 am in the early hours of Saturday, and the occupants look for somewhere to sleep.

“That early hours, the occupants came with the intention to pack their belongings from the bus, but unknown to them, the kidnappers have laid ambush, and immediately they opened the bus. the kidnappers came out from the bush and started shooting at the bus in an attempt to create fears in them, but some of them try to escape.

“As for Sowore, he was just a victim of circumstances. He was coming from Okada to Benin and the kidnappers tried to stop him but he refused to stop. The bullet fired by the Kidnappers hit his car and one of the bullets got him, and he died on the spot.

“He was confirmed dead by the doctors of the hospital he was rushed to and his corpse has been deposited at Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital.

“That is the situation, and the commissioner of police is doing everything possible to ensure that they are arrested and those kidnapped are rescued.

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“Until now, there is no contact from the kidnappers. We don’t know if they have contacted the families of those kidnapped, but to the police and those that escaped have made no contact.

“The police is also trying to use tactical means in order to tract the kidnapped victims.

“Some of the occupants of the bus who escaped and some we met hiding in the bush, we brought them to the police headquarters, and we have profiled them. They are three in number” he added.

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