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UPDATE on the death of Ogbomoso Hotelier, LAUTECH student, roles played by Security Task Force

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AFTER the news of involvement of a younger of Hotelier, Gbenga Owolabi went viral on Sunday, a family source debunked the story saying there was no one bearing Femi Owolabi in their family. He went further that police did not arrest any member of their family in connection with the death of the son.

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Meanwhile, Security Task Force including Operation Burst, Amotekun and local Vigilantes have stormed the forests in Ogbomoso area in search of the kidnappers who kidnapped Owolabi same day he arrived Nigeria from USA and got killed along with a final year student of LAUTECH, Rachael.

There were reports that the security personnel succeeded in making some critical arrests but yet to disclose the identity of the suspects while some of the criminals were killed in the process. Arms and ammunition were also recovered during the operation.

A hotel, which was said to be owned by a retired security agent, was angrily destroyed by the security agents. The hotel was said to be used as a meeting point by some criminals, The Guardian reported on Monday.

There are also reports that a makeshift shop by a tea vendor, popularly known as ‘Mai tea’, which criminals used as an armoury, was uncovered by the security agents.

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The Commandant of Amotekun Corps in Oyo, Colonel Olayinka Adeyanju (rtd), confirmed to journalists that a clearance operation is going on in the area.

Recall that gunmen had on July 28 abducted a hotelier, Mr Olugbenga Owolabi; a final year student of LAUTECH, Rachael Opadele and killed them after collecting a N5 million ransom.

The person who took the ransom to the kidnappers escaped with injuries but the commercial motorcycle rider, who took him to the kidnappers’ hideout, Mr Idowu Ajagbe, was also killed by the criminals.

Meanwhile, a former Military Governor of Oyo State,, Major General Oladayo Popoola (rtd); Justice Afolabi Adeniran (rtd) and Dr Saka Balogun, will lead other prominent indigenes of Ogbomoso as well as the youths of the town in a protest on insecurity in the town today.

President of Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum, Rev. Kayode Olaleye, said in a statement that the awareness rally was to sensitise the people on the security situation and to be vigilant.

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Written by Adesoji OMOSEBI

BSc Agric Science

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