“Kidnappers of Ondo Professor never demanded Ransom until He was killed”

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Staff of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, (OSUSTECH), have called for the arrest and prosecution of those behind the death of a senior lecturer, Prof. Gideon Okedayo, who was kidnapped last week.

Okedayo, who was of the Department of Mathematical Science at the institution, was abducted on Auchi road by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers while on his way to his hometown of Igara in Edo State.

After the kidnap of the professor, his driver later drove his official vehicle, a Toyota Corolla car with registration number 06X47OD to a police station in Edo State.

Okedayo’s decomposing body was found on Monday in the bush, where he was captured by his abductors.

Speaking to the development, the Chairman, Joint Action Committee of Staff Unions, OSUSTECH chapter, Mr. Temidayo Temola, said the incident was a huge shock to all members of staff of the university.

Temola, who described the late don as a peace-loving and generous person, said the sad news had thrown the OSUSTECH campus into mourning.

He urged security agencies to fish out killers of Okedayo.

He said: “In fact, the death of Prof. Okedayo is a big loss to this institution; we will really miss him.”

Also, the Chairman of the OSUSTECH branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Dipo Akomolafe, said the union and the entire university community had been thrown into disarray and were saddened by the development.

“His decomposing body was found in the bush. This is so sad to ASUU and his family members because the abductors never called anybody, whether ASUU or Okedayo’s family, for ransom,” he said.

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