2019 governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Soala West has been murdered by suspected herdsmen.
It was learnt that West, who hailed from Abonema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State, was abducted at his poultry farm in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on March 12.
Further findings and pictorial evidence appeared to show that West was brutally killed days before his body was discovered at a bush along Eleka pipeline, Port Harcourt.
The decomposing remains of West were said to have a bullet wound and machete cuts.
The family of the deceased, who until his death was a popularly lawyer and promoter of small businesses in Port Harcourt, was thrown into mourning.
The elder brother of the deceased, Emmanuel West, told The Nation that his brother was rounded up by the herdsmen at Aluu where he went to inspect his poultry project.
He 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 dont 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 gathered that the anti-kidnapping squad of the police has arrested a kidnap kingpin.
A senior police officer, who spoke anonymously, 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.
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Worldwide, condemned the attack and raised the alarm over infiltration of the zone by criminal Fulani herdsmen.
The Secretary-General of IYC, Alfred Kemepado, said investigations by the council revealed that there were ongoing systematic abductions and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta by armed Fulani herdsmen.
He said, “We are living at a dangerous time which requires absolute vigilance. It is time to identify these criminals and chase them out of our towns.”