Policeman shot by kidnappers

By Rotimi Ojomoyela – Ado Ekiti

The remains of the Policeman killed by suspected kidnappers, Inspector Adewumi Abiola, was laid to rest in Igbemo Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local government area of the state.

Abiola  was shot dead on June 16, a day after celebrating his 40th birthday , by suspected kidnappers , who abducted two Chinese contractors in Odeda, Ogun State .

The late Police Inspector, who was attached to “P Department Operations”, Oyo State Command, was an escort to the Chinese contractors handling Ogun / Oyo State Railway project before his sudden demise.

The corpse was brought from Ibadan by a team of Police Officers, who accorded their colleague the last respect at his ongoing building project in Igbemo Ekiti, where his shattered body was buried.

The late Inspector was survived by an 80-year old mother, Mrs Olubiyo Abiola, a young wife and four female children, who are still in the primary schools.

Describing the death as traumatising, the slain policeman’s elder sister,  Mrs Caroline Bamigboye and Uncle, Taiwo Ogunrinde, who led family members to the site in Odeda, said Abiola was buried quickly because over 20 bullets pierced his  body and were difficult to remove.

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The former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ekiti Council and an uncle to the deceased, High Chief Laolu Omosilade, applauded  the efforts of the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Vivian Ngozi Onadeko, for her swift action that  hastened the release of the body for burial.

Omosilade  called on the Chinese Company, CCECC Railway construction Company, Ologuneru, the Police Authority, the Oyo and Ekiti State governments, to assist  the late cop’s mother, wife and children .

 “The most pathetic aspect for the old woman was the fact that his brother, who had a  hunchback, was also gruesomely murdered by alleged ritualists about four years ago along Aramoko /Itawure road, in Ekiti State.

“The woman is seriously troubled and traumatised. She relied  on Adewumi for survival and that life support has been removed now. People must show empathy towards this distraught woman.

” They must come out and display humanitarian help towards her as a citizen of this nation”, the ex-NUJ Chief said.

The deceased was said to have been murdered while trying to protect the expatriates from abduction  at a site in Ogun State .

The kidnappers numbering eight, who besieged the quarry site of the Chinese contractors, after trailing four other Chinese expatriates from Abeokuta in Ogun State, who visited their colleagues at the “CCECC Railway construction company  site in Ibadan, reportedly rained bullets on the deceased’s body and he died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the abducted Chinese contractors were said to have been released from hostage,  having paid a huge ransom.

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