Police confirm killing of pregnant woman , abduction of husband by gunmen in Kwara

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Police have confirmed the killing of a pregnant woman, Hawawu, and kidnapped of her husband, Lukman Ibrahim, by gunmen in the Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Eyewitnesses said Lukman, a telephone accessories seller at the Owode Market, Offa, and his wife were attacked by the assailants around 10 pm, on Saturday.

Kwara state police command, Spokesman, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident.

He said the command “is working hard to get the kidnapped victim rescued.”

The couple were said to be on their way home when they were accosted by the gunmen.

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It was gathered that the incident led to a protest by some residents, who stormed the palace of the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi (Esuwoye11), on Sunday, demanding the release of the businessman by the kidnappers.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Around 10 pm Saturday, Lukman, a middle-aged phone dealer selling London-used phones at the Owode Market area, opposite Owode Police Station, Offa, was abducted by unknown gunmen along Ojoku Road, Offa, where he resided; he was on his way to his residence when he and his wife were accosted in their car by unknown gunmen.

“As Lukman was being dragged by the assailants, the wife was shouting for help. This prompted the assailants to shoot her dead. Her body was left at the spot, while Lukman was taken away and till now, his whereabouts remain unknown.”

However, another source claimed that Lukman’s wife was shot dead after he identified the assailants.

It was gathered that the husband’s car was taken to the police station on Ojoku Road, Offa, while Hawawu’s corpse was taken to the morgue of the General Hospital, Offa.

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