“I told her to relocate her family to South West, see what has happened now” friend of Mrs Ataga mourns

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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If beautiful Mrs Bolanle Philip Ataga had the premonition of what could befall her, she would have heeded the advice of her close friend and classmate, Bunmi Shodeinde Shotayo who advised her to move her family from Kaduna State to any of the South West states last year. Now, Bunmi is full of regrets and mourning the fate that befell her friend.

Bolanle and Bunmi were childhood friends having been both born in Sagamu, Ogun State. They both attended the same Muslim Secondary School, Sagamu, and proceeded to the same Higher institution, Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

Bunmi lamented the fate that befell her friend on the Facebook page of popular blogger, Chris Kehinde Nwandu and  said: “I told her last year that she should move her family to southwest…but alas,look at what happened now”.

Mrs Bunmi Shodeinde Shotayo

Bolanle’s body, and that of a seminarian, Michael Nnadi were found on the roadside at the weekend, having been killed by their kidnappers.

She was married to a Kaduna based Medical Doctor, Philip Ataga, and their two children are still been held by the kidnappers.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Baton B. Ayuba who announced the killing said: “Nigeria Medical Association Kaduna regrets to announce the gruesome murder of the wife of our colleague, Dr Philip Ataga, who was kidnapped 1 week ago alongside her 2 daughters, who are still in the captivity of the kidnappers.

She was murdered while negotiations were still going on. May her soul rest in peace.

Let’s kindly pray for the safe release of the daughters. Amen”.

Mrs Bolanle Ataga who hails from Sagamu, Ogun State and her two children were kidnapped on January 24, 2020 by armed men from the family’s residence at Juji, in Chikun LGA of Kaduna state.

Her captors were said to have killed her after her family failed to meet their demand of a N150 million ransom for the deceased and two of her children who were also abducted.

Her friend, Bunmi said: “I told her last year that she should move her family to southwest…but alas,look at what happened now???”.

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