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Security Operatives Launch Manhunt for Killers Of LAUTECH Student, Others


Security Operatives Launch Manhunt for Killers Of LAUTECH Student, Others

Soldiers attached to the Joint Security Task Force in Oyo State codenamed Operation Burst and personnel of the Amotekun Corps have launched a manhunt for the killers of three people in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

Naija News reports that a final year student of LAUTECH, Rachael Opadele; a United States-based hotelier, Olugbenga Owolabi; and a motorcyclist, Idowu Ajagbe, were killed by gunmen in the town over the weekend.

It was learned that Ajagbe, who conveyed the person bearing ransom of an N5million to the kidnappers, was also kidnapped and murdered by the gunmen.

In a chat with The Puch, residents of the Gambari community said that operatives of thr Operation Burst have started combing forests in the town for criminals.

A resident said some suspected criminals were killed during the operations while some guns were recovered from where they were hidden by the criminals.

It was gathered that the security agents demolished the fence of a hotel and broke its window panes and doors. The hotel was said to be used as a rendezvous by criminals after their operations.

A resident, who wants to be anonymous, said, “I went out to the farm where I was working around 6.30am and they stopped me and asked where I was going. I told them I was going to the farm. They searched my motorcycle and when they did not find anything on me, they asked me to go.

“But we started hearing gunshots far from our place since around 1am. The soldiers made some discoveries at around Sabo – Igbon.”

However, the Oyo State Amotekun Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), confirmed the development, saying security agents were on clearance operation in the area.

“We are on clearance operation there. That is what I know for now,” he said.

The Director General of Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola ( retd.), also confirmed the operation in the area.

“The operation started a few days ago and it extended to Gambari but I won’t say more than that,” he said.