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The police said the deceased was shot dead in Edo by gunmen in the early hours of Saturday.

The killing of one Mr Olajide Sowore, the younger brother of social activist, Mr Omoyele Sowore, was confimred by the Police in Edo State, on Saturday.

The police said the deceased was shot dead in Edo by gunmen in the early hours of Saturday.

He was said to be coming from Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin, where he was studying Pharmacy, before he was shot dead on the Benin-Lagos highway.

It added that five other persons were abducted in the process.

Spokesman for the police command, Bello Kontongs, said: “In addition to killing the younger Sowore, the suspected kidnappers made away with five unidentified persons.”

According to Kontongs, the body of the deceased has been deposited at the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (IUTH).

“Good morning all. This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 0645hrs along the Lagos-Benin Expressway by Isuwa kidnapped five unidentified persons.

“And in the process, they shot dead one, Sowore Felix Olajide, male, a pharmacy student of Igbinedion University Okada.

“His remains have been deposited at IUTH mortuary, Okada, while efforts are ongoing to rescue the five kidnapped victims.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing,” he added.

The elder Sowore, had in a statement earlier on Saturday announced the killing of his younger brother by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

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