The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has condemned the murder of Olajide, the younger brother of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, by kidnappers.
Naija News earlier reported that Sowore had announced that his younger brother was shot dead near Okada town in Edo State on Saturday morning.
According to the former presidential candidate, Olajide was coming back from school (Igbinedion University), where he is studying Pharmacy.
In a condolence letter to the activist, Keyamo described the murder of Olajide as tragic and sad, asking security agents to go after the killers and bring them to justice.
He, however, urge the Sowore family to take heart and remain committed to helping the nation find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the county.
He wrote: “It is quite sad and regrettable that such a young man would be cut down in his prime by criminal elements.
“I and other compatriots would be pressurising the law-enforcement agents to track down these killers without delay and bring them to justice. This, and many others around the country, must be checkmated with all arsenals at our disposal.
“I urge you to take heart and remain committed to helping the nation find a lasting solution to some of these numerous challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Edo State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the killing of Olajide, the younger brother of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, by kidnappers.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kontongs Bello, disclosed that Jide was killed around 6am on Saturday morning.
Bello stated that the gunmen had also abducted five persons along the Lagos-Benin Expressway.
He told PUNCH that the remains of Sowore’s brother had been deposited at IUTH Mortuary, Okada.
The PPRO 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.”