It was revealed that gunmen on Friday evening abducted a lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Femi Omisore, on his way to attend a funeral at Oye Ekiti in Ekiti State. Our correspondent gathered on Sunday that Omisore, a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Design Management of OAU, was abducted in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on his way to attend the ceremony.
His captors, who were said to be armed with guns, were said to have trailed him for a while and his driver tried all he could to avoid being overtaken by the hoodlums. On catching up with him, the hoodlums were said to have killed the driver out of anger and forced Omisore out of his car before he was taken away to an unknown place.
The gunmen, it was farther gathered, fired several shots at the petrol tank of the lecturer’s car and ensured that the car caught fire before they left the scene. The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, OAU chapter, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, confirmed the incident to our newsmen on the telephone. Aborisade said, “According to the information I gathered from his family, Dr. Femi Omisore was kidnapped on Friday evening.
He was going for a funeral ceremony in Oye Ekiti. “I learnt that a member of his department was burying his father in Oye Ekiti and he was traveling there when he was kidnapped. “The kidnappers use his telephone to call his wife this morning ( Sunday) and they demanded N70 million ransom. “We are not politicians, we are running our union with stipends from our members and where do they expect us to get such amount.
” He appealed to Omsiore’s abductor to release the lecturer, saying the family was not rich and could not afford to pay such a huge amount of money. The abduction was also confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone by the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree chapter, Mr. Dotun Omisore, who is a nephew of the abducted lecturer.