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Our intention was not to kill, but to make money – Kidnappers of LG Chairman confess

Mr Pius Kolawole, council Chairman of Yagba West Local government area of Kogi State, who recently gained his freedom has given insight into what transpired on the day he was abducted by armed men.

CRIMECHANNELS learnt that Mr Kolawole was released by the kidnappers on Wednesday night. It is however unclear if a ransom was paid for his release.

Narrating his ordeal in Egba, during a condolence visit to the late pension Commissioner’s house, Samson Adebayo, he said that the bandits abducted him and his late colleague at the Military checkpoint between Kogi and Kwara State.

He said that when he sighted the kidnappers, he thought it was members of a local vigilante that he had seen earlier while he was on the road with the late Samson Adeboye.

He said that when the vehicle moved forward, almost reaching the group of people, it turned out to be kidnappers. He said the kidnappers opened fire, of which the Police orderly attached to them returned, but the men according to him were too many, causing the Police man to flee into the bush.


He said that the Pension boss, Solomon Adeboye was already dead as a result of a bullet that hit him on the chest.

He said that he remained motionless in an attempt to play dead, but when the kidnappers reached where the vehicle was, they tapped him and said he should get up and follow them.

He said, “I was surrounded in the bush with 10 of the kidnappers, 9 of them were constantly with gun. It was the one without gun that was controlling activities in the bush.”

“The Kidnappers apologised to me for killing the Pencom Commissioner. They said that his death was also a disadvantage and minus to them too; as they would have received more ransom if he were alive, as their motive was not to kill but to make money through receiving ransom from their victim’s family, ” he said.

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