Armed herdsmen have kidnapped and murdered a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 2019 governorship aspirant, Soala West.
West, an indigene of Abonema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State, was abducted at his poultry farm at Aluu back of OPM in Port Harcourt on March 12 but was reportedly found dead on Wednesday evening.
The politician was reportedly brutally killed by the armed herdsmen days before his corpse was discovered at a bush along Eleka pipeline, Port Harcourt.
His decomposing remains of West were said to have a bullet wound and matchet cuts.
According to the elder brother of the deceased, Emmanuel, his brother was rounded up by the herdsmen, at Aluu where he went to inspect his poultry project.
Emmanuel said the victim was at the site to pay his workers when the herdsmen, who were armed with Ak -47 rifles, seized him and led him into the bush.
He said the bandits first demanded N30milion but brought it down to N2.5million before it was discovered that they had already killed the victim.
“This is shocking to us. We don’t know why they should kill our brother this way. Our entire family has been thrown into mourning. We just hope that the police will arrest all those involved in the killing of our brother,” he said
It was later learnt that the anti-kidnapping squad of the police, had arrested a kingpin in the kidnap saga.
A senior police officer, who spoke in confidence, reportedly said the anti-kidnapping team through intelligence gathering picked the suspect, who later confessed to the killing.
The anti-kidnapping team was working on assassination theory following the insistence of the bandits on killing the victim despite negotiating for ransom.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Worldwide, condemned the attack and raised the alarm over infiltration of the zone by criminal Fulani herdsmen.