Gunmen kidnap Ondo varsity lecturer, demand N10m ransom
Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a lecturer at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko, AAUA, Ondo state.
The academic, Mayowa David Adinlewa was abducted during the weekend along Akure-Ikere-Ekiti road.
The abductors have contacted the lecturer’s brother, Toyin, demanding for N10 million ransom.
It was gathered that the victim was on his way to visit his his family at Ikere in Ekiti when he was waylaid by the gunmen.
The assailants have reportedly spoken to Adinlewa’s wife, warning her against alerting the police if she wanted to see her husband alive.
It was also gathered that the victim spoke with his wife during her conversation with the kidnappers.
He begged his wife to ensure that he is freed as he had trekked for hours without food and water, stating that his health was deteriorating rapidly.
When she requested for a location, the kidnappers forcefully retrieved the phone from the victim’s wife and switched it off.
The abduction was confirmed by a lecturer of the university who promised that the victim will soon be released.
When asked if other lecturers were planning to raise the ransom, he said that “all I can tell you is that he would soon be released. We are on top of the situation.”
Contacted, the state police command spokesperson Funmi Odunlami said, “initially, we thought it was a case of an abandoned vehicle. It was later that the family contacted the police that their son had been kidnapped.
“The incident happened between the boundary of Ondo and Ekiti States.
“Our anti-kidnapping unit has swung into action towards rescuing the victim. They are already combing the bush and the axis where it happened.
Odunlami said: “I’m not aware if contact has been made with the family. I don’t know anything about the demand for ransom.