Unknown gunmen have killed the woman leader of Eruku ward of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, Naija News reports.
It was gathered that Mrs Olomi Sunday and two other women leader attended the inauguration of the state executive of the APC held at the Kwara State Banquet Hall last week.
Unfortunately, while returning home from the state capital, Ilorin, they were ambushed by a gang of kidnappers.
Reports revealed that the assailants had earlier kidnapped three other men from another bus on their way from Ekiti State.
The kidnappers demanded payment of a ransom of N20 million to release the six victims.
Security personnel including local vigilantes reportedly swung into action to secure the release of the victims.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, could not be reached on the incident as effort to hear from him proof abortive, Daily Trust noted.
However, the incident has been confirmed to newsmen by the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) Chairman of Ekiti Local Government, Kayode Bayode, and the lawmaker representing the council at the State House of Assembly, Gabriel Afolarin.
In separate interviews with newsmen on Sunday, the TIC chairman, who gave the name of the other two ward women leaders as Mrs Reachel Alasi (Obbo Ayegunle ward) and Mrs Yemisi Oloke Oni (Eruku ward), said the deceased was killed during an exchange of gunfire with the abductors.
“The (N20m) ransom had been prepared but our vigilantes insisted that they wanted to go and rescue the victims. Unfortunately, we lost Mrs Olomi Sunday during the gun battle. The men also sustained injuries and one of them is in a serious condition from the gunshots suffered in the process.
“I’m at the hospital now in the council where they were taken for treatment,” he said.
On his part, Ganiyu Gabriel Afolarin told newsmen that, “Yes, we lost the woman leader of Eruku ward (Mrs Olomi Sunday) during an exchange of gunfire between the abductors and our local vigilantes. I am part of the delegation to pay the deceased family condolence visit.”
“However, the other five victims were rescued and no ransom was paid at the end of the day,” he added.