A woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was reportedly killed in Kwara state over the weekend during an exchange of gunfire in a rescue operation between the bandits and a combined team of soldiers and hunters.
The woman, identified as Mrs. Olumo Abolaji, APC Women Leader in Koro ward of Ekiti Local Government was one of the eight people kidnapped on Wednesday evening between Araromi Opin and Obbo-Ile in Ekiti local government area of the state.
The politicians, who were all from Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, were returning home the swearing-in of the state executives of the party performed by the state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in Ilorin when the gunmen suspected to be bandits waylaid them.
It was gathered that five of the eight people involved had escaped from the kidnappers.
According to Mr. Adekunle Oluwole, a relative to one of the victims, who said that five of the eight people involved escaped from the kidnappers listed those involved, as the Isapa Ward Chairman in Ekiti local government area of the state, Mr. Daniel Adewuyi; the Eruku ward Chairman; Women Leader Eruku; Women Leader Obbo Ile; Chairman Obbo Ile Ward; Women Leader Koro ward; and Women Leader Isapa ward, among others.
He said that the women leaders of the Eruku ward, Obbo-Ile ward, and Koro ward were taken away into the forest by the kidnappers.
She was hit by a bullet during a shoot-out between the bandits and a combined rescue team of soldiers and hunters.
Chairman of APC in Ekiti, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, said,
‘Two of our party women leaders in Eruku ward and Obbo-Ile ward were rescued alive, but unfortunately, we lost one of them. The woman leader of the Koro ward was killed by the bandits.
“The two women were rescued by the security men comprised of soldiers, hunters and vigilante men without paying a kobo as ransom.
“The late women leader of Koro ward has been buried today (Sunday) in Koro and we are just returning from the burial”.