Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted Lateefat Abimbola, the Deputy Director of Information Communication Technology of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode; and Toyinbo Olayinka, a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Abimbola was kidnapped in Ijebu-Ode on Thursday, while Olayinka – who is a 400-level student of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management at FUU was abducted on Saturday from a farm at Abule-Itoko on the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road in Odeda Local Government area of Ogun State.
Olayinka was reportedly kidnapped along with the owner of the private farm, identified as Dominic, and a 17-year-old Togolese lady.
A source stated that Abimbola was abducted at a junction next to her home in Ijebu-Ode around 7pm, noting that her abductors were yet to contact her family.
“Till now, we have not heard from the abductors. They’ve not reached out to the family,” the Punch quoted the source as saying.
On the other hand, the abductors of Abimbola, the FUNAAB student, and two others have contacted the wife of the farm manager, demanding N50 million ransom from each of the three abductees.
Kola Adepoju, Head, Directorate of Public Relations, FUNAAB, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.
The statement read: “According to the friend of the abducted student and a nursing mother, who witnessed his abduction, he was kidnapped by gunmen at a private Farm in Abule Itoko, a village in Odeda Local Government where he had been working and living for the past three years.
“The management of the University has reported the abduction at Ogun State Police Command headquarters, Eleweeran and it’s working earnestly with the Command to ensure the safety and release of the kidnapped student.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command had been briefed.