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Younger brother to human rights activist and Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore shot dead by suspected herdsmen

Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have killed Olajide Sowore, the younger brother of Sahara Reporters’ publisher Omoyele, the activist said in a statement.

Omoyele Sowore said his brother was killed by armed men suspected by witnessed to be herdsmen while travelling between Benin and Ondo on Saturday morning.

He was almost 50 and studying pharmacy at Igbinedion University, Mr Sowore said, decrying his brother’s loss as a huge one for his family and friends.

The development came as southerners are pushing to restrict herdsmen activities across the region. On Thursday, Ondo became the latest state to adopt a law against open grazing when Governor Rotimi Akeredolu signed the state’s anti-open grazing bill into law.

The state has witnessed repeated deadly attacks linked to herdsmen. In 2019, Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the same route where Mr Sowore was killed today. The police said they had made arrests in connection to Mrs Olakunrin’s death, but no suspect has been convicted to date.

Mr Sowore described his late brother as selfless and industrious, saying his demise would leave a void in the prominent Ondo family.

“You lived your life so that everyone could be alright but now assassinated by everything that’s not alright!” the publisher said

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