Soalabo West, a lawyer and former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant, was killed by suspected herdsmen in Rivers State according to a statement by the local police.
His abductors called his family to demand a ransom of
N30,000,000. A family source disclosed to The Guardian that the demand was reviewed downward to N2.5 million. But the ex-guber aspirant was killed by his captors after they allegedly failed to get the sum, having been intercepted by the police while wanting to pick up the ransom.
The decomposing remains of West were said to have a bullet wound and matchet cuts.
West, who hails from Abonema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area was a popular lawyer and has ventured into politics as a governorship aspirant in the 2019 elections.
A police source, who spoke in confidence, said the anti-kidnapping team through intelligence gathering arrested the suspect, who later confessed to killing the late lawyer
The suspect, who was identified as
Adamu Musa was arrested by operatives of Anti-Kidnap Unit of the Rivers
State Police Command.
The anti-kidnapping team was working on assassination theory following the insistence of the bandits on killing the victim despite negotiating for ransom.