The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of Olajide Sowore, younger brother of politician and civic rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, saying he was killed by kidnappers.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kontongs Bello, told National Pilot on Saturday that the deceased was killed by kidnappers early on Saturday morning along the Benin-Lagos Expressway.
The police spokesman said that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at IUTH Mortuary, Okada.
He, however, did not confirm as inferred by Omoyele Sowore if the kidnappers were herdsmen.
Omoyele Sowore had on his facebook page alleged that his brother was killed by kidnappers/herdsmen.
Bello told National Pilot that the late Sowore was killed when gunmen kidnapped about five persons along the Lagos-Benin Expressway.
He 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.”
Omoyele Sowore had earlier shocked the nation when he wrote on his Facebook wall that his junior brother, a musician turned pharmacy student was shot and killed.
“My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen/kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo State where he is studying Pharmacy.
“They snuffed out the life yet another real human being!
“This act in itself will not delay their day of justice.
“I travelled widely with you and our father as a little kid. You were the most loved robust kid I ever first knew. You, Mr. magnet had no enemy!
“You, Mr. Sunshine Foundation who made everyone happy.
“You, the boy who snuck out his older ones to parties, taking all the blames when our disciplinarian father found out.
“You, the guy who was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for you and created you own genre of music and then turned around to go to school after you almost turned 50!