AN investigative Journalist, Femi Owolabi has cried out that he is in no way related to the United States based Hotelier in Ogbomoso, Gbenga Owolabi who was kidnapped and killed with a final year student of LAUTECH, Rachael Opadele and an unidentified Despatch Rider who went with the family of the Hotelier to pay the ransom of N5 million.
SOJ WORLDWIDE ONLINE had reported how they were killed after payment of N5 million ransom.
Meanwhile, at the weekend, a post started circulating that one Femi Owolabi, said to be a younger brother of the deceased, had been arrested in connection with the incident.
“Police arrested immediate younger brother of Late Gbenga Owolabi, an hotelier in Ogbomoso, who was killed by the kidnappers alongside Lautech student, Racheal. He was arrested with some Fulani herdsmen. But the suspect, Femi Owolabi blamed the devil over what happened in his confessional statement made to the Police. Wonders shall never end! Is this not a wicked world?”
“From the report, Femi Owolabi was paraded by the Oyo state police command and had confessed to killing his brother, an action he now blamed on the devil. The said elder brother, Gbenga Owolabi, was based in the US and had come to Nigeria where he was reportedly kidnapped and subsequently murdered by his abductors in Oyo state.
“I like to inform the public that the Femi Owolabi here is NOT me. The public should also note that a picture of me attached to a viral report of the incident is a regrettable and negligent mix-up, and should be totally ignored. I have already commenced action to address it. I must state unequivocally that, not only am I not the Femi Owolabi in question, I am also in no way related to the family of the slain Gbenga Owolabi.”