The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has confirmed the death of a 36-year-old China-based businessman, identified as Onyeka Oliver Ezewulu who was killed by his abductors after collecting the sum of N2 million as ransom.
The death of the China-based businessman was confirmed on Friday by the spokesperson of the command, Odiko MacDon who said that the kidnappers, killed, and buried Oliver in a shallow grave after collecting N2m ransom from his family.
The police spokesperson who said that Oliver’s body was had been exhumed, a middle aged female suspect identified as Deborah Sunday, was arrested and assisted the police in locating the hideout.
It was gathered that the deceased businessman was shot on the leg while attempting to flee when the heavilly armed kidnappers laid ambush close to his house located along Idoro road, in Uyo on March 5, 2021. The gang thereafter bundled their bleeding victim into a White coloured Toyota Camry car and drove off.
Further investigations indicate that the victim was not given any medical attention and died as a result of the excessive loss of blood from the gunshot wounds. The kidnappers buried his body in a shallow grave near a stream along old Mbiaso road.
After his death, the kidnappers demanded a huge ransom from his family. On March 10, the family paid two million naira to the gang.