A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Professor Olayinka Adegbehingbe has been reported kidnapped.
The professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, was abducted during a robbery attack along Ife/Ibadan expressway around 9:15 p.m. last night, while returning from Ibadan.
Of all the vehicles attacked, Mr Adegbehingbe, who was in his vehicle, was singled out and abducted.
According to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of OAU, Babatunde Oyatokun, efforts are being made to rescue the victim.
“Yes, I’m presently at Apomu. I have not been in Ife since yesterday. They were coming from Ibadan but (were) attacked in between Asejire and Apomu by armed robbers. While they attacked all the vehicles on the road at that time, he was singled out. They picked him and took him away.
“His wife is also here with us and we’ve been able to report the case and the police are on top of the situation. So, I’m here in Apomu to take the madam (the wife of the kidnapped lecturer) to Ife because she was also there during the attack,” Oyatokun told newsmen.
Kidnapping of lecturers and other academics is getting rampant.
Last Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped the Deputy Registrar, Administration, of the Taraba State University, Sanusi Sa’ad.
He was kidnapped from his residence at the university staff quarters around 1 a.m.
Three months earlier, two Bowen University staff in Osun State, were abducted at Ile-ogbo junction, along Iwo-Osogbo road.
In September 2018, three academic staff of Shehu Idris College of Health, Makarfi, Kaduna State were kidnapped while travelling to Makarfi from Zaria in Kaduna.