The Ondo State Police Command on Thursday paraded a 45-year-old palm wine tapper, Francis Bekewei, his 22-year-old son, David, and six others in connection with the abduction and death of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Olumide Odimayo.
Mr. Odimayo was kidnapped last week Thursday by armed men from his Igbotu residence in Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how he was later found dead on Monday at the bank of a river by youth who also joined in the search.
While parading the suspects on Wednesday at the Police Command headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State Police Commissioner, Hilda Harrison, said the suspects were arrested with 10 mobile phones, one Ak 49 rifle and 21 rounds of live ammunition by detectives and with the support of local vigilantes in Igbotu.
She said the lifeless body of Mr. Odimayo was later found in the creeks of Ajagba, noting that his remains had been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy.
She assured that efforts were on to arrest fleeing members of the gang, even as she said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.
One of the suspects, David Bekewei, who was found with the AK49, told journalists they collectively planned the kidnap for ransom and expressed regrets that Mr. Odimayo died.
According to him, they dropped the victim in the river while being chased by local vigilante.