From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who was kidnapped last Thursday, Mr. Olumide Odimayo, was yesterday found dead in a riverine community in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.
The late Odimayo, who was kidnapped by gunmen last week while returning from a trip, was until his death a prominent leader of the APC in his Ese-Odo Local Government Area and the state at large.
Findings by Daily Sun revealed that the corpse of Mr. Odimayo was found near Ogolo River, between Sabomi and Igbotu communities in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.
Publicity secretary of the APC in the state, Prince Abayomi Adesanya, who confirmed the death of Odimay, said the incident had been reported to the police and it was being investigated.
Adesanya informed that the corpse of the late politician was found by local vigilantes, adding that the incident has thrown the party into mourning.
He said the late politician contributed significantly to the success of the APC in the last gubernatorial election, saying that “he supported the party with all he had when he returned from the United Kingdom. We will surely miss this great man.”
It was gathered that the late Odimayo arrived from London not too long ago before he was kidnapped.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Mr Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident, said eight suspects have already been arrested by the Police in connection with the incident.
The PPRO who informed that the police had arrested the suspected kidnappers of the deceased politician before his death, explained that the efforts of the Police and some youths in the area led to the arrest of the suspects.
He stated further that “the leader of the kidnap gang confessed to the Police that Odimayo was in their custody. We discovered that the other kidnappers decided to throw him in the river when they knew that they were no longer save with their dastard work.”
“We felt so bad with the unfortunate incident and we are worried with the death of the politician after a successful operation. I can assure you that the suspects will face the full wrath of the law and others in the abduction and subsequent killing of Odimayo will not go unpunished,”the PPRO stated.