By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
The 56 year old son of a Reverend of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Mr. Adegboyega Onijala who was kidnapped in Olla, Kwara State last Friday (19/11/2021) has been killed by his captors.
Onijala was kidnapped while returning from his farm in his Olla, Isin Local Government Area of the state on the fateful day by six gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders. He was allegedly forced into the bush and never returned alive.
A statement by the Police in Kwara State said all efforts by the Command to rescue Onijala alive failed as he allegedly died of severe wounds inflicted on his hands by the kidnappers while forcing him to surrender and taken into the bush.
Ajayi Okasanmi, SP, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) whi broke the news in Ilorin expressed the condolences of the Police Command to the deceased’s family, the people of Olla in particular and Kwara State in general.
The police spokesman disclosed that “every available human and material resources to the command was deployed in the efforts to get the deceased rescued alive, but unfortunately, the reverse was the case.
“He died as a result of the severe injuries to his left hand inflicted on him by the kidnappers in the struggle to subdue him”, he further explained
Okasanmi said information received from the team of vigilante and local hunters co-opted into the search for the victim that his dead body has been found deep inside the bush was to the effect that his body has been handed over to the family by the police saying, “because the body was already decomposing”.
However, the PPRO said efforts were still ongoing to arrest the culprits pointing out that police believes that some of the criminals must have suffered some gunshot injuries in the course of an exchange of gunfire with their men.
“The Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, CP Tuesday Assayomo, once again commiserates with the family of the deceased and further assures the people of Kwara State that the Command will not relent in her effort to see that criminality of any nature and shape are brought down to a minimal level before, during and after the yuletide period in the State”, Okasanmi added.