Slain Ogbomoso Hotelier Buried In US As Family Says Govt Given Time Frame To Apprehend Killers


The remains of hotelier, Olugbenga Owolabi, who was kidnapped and killed after a five million naira ransom was paid, have been buried.

Owolabi was kidnapped along with a student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Rachel Opadele, who was working at his hotel due to the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in July.

Owolabi, a US citizen, was said to be living in Maryland, and decided to invest in hospitality business in his hometown, Ogbomoso.

It was learnt that the hotel was opened in December 2021. His funeral held on October 1 at the Trinity Life Church, Maryland, United States

Ayorinde Owolabi, the brother of a hotelier, late Olugbenga Owolabi, has revealed that the United States of America gave the Nigerian government a time frame to find his killers.

Ayorinde, who spoke to with The PUNCH on Monday, said the American government asked the Department of State Services to bring his brother’s killers to justice.

“The American government wanted evidence and they came down here to do a post-mortem. Another post-mortem was done in the US before the burial. The case was presented at the United Nations meeting which was just concluded.

“They have given the Nigerian government a time frame to get the perpetrators; the instruction was given to the DSS office, but up till now, no arrest has been made. They already have the facts that herdsmen were behind the killing.

“The American government took his body from LAUTECH back to the US. A death certificate was obtained at the LAUTECH teaching hospital and also at the Delaware State Military Hospital, USA,” he said.


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