Police in Kwara have recovered the corpse of a kidnap victim, Onijala Adegboyega, who was abducted last Friday in Olla in Isin Local Government Area of the state.
The body recovered from the bush on Wednesday had deep cuts, Kwara police spokesperson Ajayi Okasanmi said in a statement.
Okasanmi said the 56-year-old might have died from the injuries he sustained while struggling with the kidnappers.
Adegboyega, aka Oni-Jay, brother to Ambassador Olutola Onijala, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan and a former gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State, was kidnapped by gunmen in his white Hilux van while returning from his farm at Olla around 7pm on Friday.
He reportedly resisted the gunmen, but was overpowered after receiving machete cuts in different parts of his body.
The statement read, “The command wishes to express its condolences to the people of Olla in particular and Kwara State in general and to state that available human and material resources to the command were deployed in the effort to get the deceased rescued alive. Unfortunately, the reverse was the case, as he died as a result of the severe injuries to his left hand inflicted on him by the kidnappers in the struggle to subdue him.
“Information received from the team of vigilantes and local hunters co-opted into the search for the victim was that his dead body was found deep inside the bush and handed over to the family by the police because of the decomposing condition of the body.”
Okasanmi said effort is still ongoing to arrest the culprits.