Freed engineer, Ayodele Alabi, dies a day after N4.5 million was paid to kidnappers


One of the five abducted in Kwara State, who regained freedom from kidnappers on Thursday night, is dead.

Engineer Ayodele Alabi and 4 others were freed by their kidnappers on Thursday, August 12, after spending about six days in captivity.

Unfortunately, he died in the early hours of Friday in a hospital in Ilorin following trauma and injuries he sustained from the torture of the abductors.

A friend who mourned him on Facebook said he had been “beaten, battered, brutalized and traumatized” and was in “such a bad shape so much that he could not walk nor stand” when he was freed.

Alabi, who retired as an engineer with the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, was among the seven passengers kidnapped in a Toyota Sienna Commercial bus by gunmen on Saturday, August 7, 2021, between Oke-Onigbin and Omu-Aran in the Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.


He was kidnapped alongside his elder brother but the brother was left behind by the kidnappers when he couldn’t continue the journey as a result of exhaustion. He later walked out of the bush the following day, being Sunday, after regaining strength and informed the family of the kidnap.


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