The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of Felix Olajide Sowore by kidnappers around 6am on Saturday.
Olajide is the immediate younger brother of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, rights activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online newspaper.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, Kontongs Bello, said the remains of the deceased had been deposited at IUTH Mortuary, Okada.
Bello said the late Felix was killed when gunmen kidnapped about five persons along the Lagos-Benin Expressway.
The PPRO said: “This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 0645hrs along the Lagos-Benin Expressway by Isuwa kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide, male, a Pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada.
“His remains have been deposited at IUTH Mortuary Okada while effort is ongoing to rescue the five kidnap victims. Search and rescue operation is ongoing.”
In a social media post earlier, the elder Sowore wrote: “Felix Olajide Sowore, my immediate younger brother who is a student of Pharmacy at Igbinedion University in Edo killed today by persons suspected to be herdsmen near Okada. Saddest day yet!
“I just heard the sad news. The DPO of Okada Police station just confirmed to our family that he was shot by herdsmen operating as kidnappers.”