Bandits kill civil servant over failure to pay N290m ransom


One Olayinka Ogunyemi, a civil engineer, has been killed by bandits over failure to pay N290m ransom to secure his release and that of other abducted persons.

Ogunyemi is one of seven persons abducted from Kuduru community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on December 28, 2023.

A source familiar with the development disclosed that the bandits informed Ogunyemi’s family of his execution on Friday.

The source said the bandits told the family of the hostages that they will kill the remaining captives, including one and half year-old boy, two siblings, the pregnant woman and two men if the N290 million demanded is not paid.

He disclosed that N23 million and other commodities have been sent to the terrorists but they remained adamant, adding that appeals to security operatives to help rescue the captives have fallen on deaf ears.

“They called us yesterday that they have killed Engineer Olayinka Ogunyemi. They told us that they will kill the rest if we don’t bring N290 million.

“We have already paid N23 million and sent food and other items they demanded but none of our people have been released.

“We are scared and helpless now that they will not kill the pregnant woman and her child, the two siblings and the two men.

“We are appealing to the federal government, the police and the army to step up efforts to rescue our people because their abductors said Nigeria has offended them and they would retaliate,” the source said.

He gave the names of those being held as Godwin Rachel Adeoye, Godwin Dominic, Austin Buremo, Hassan Usman, Hassan faosiya and Bako Azeez

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