Academic activities was paralysed at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, (RUGIPO) in Ondo state, following the killing of one of the institution’s lecturers, Mr Taiwo Akinyemi, who was abducted by some suspected kidnappers last week Tuesday.
The deceased was kidnapped near Amurin along Akure /Owo road last Tuesday after close of work with four other people who had earlier regained their freedom but he was killed by his abductors over alleged failure of his family to pay ransom to secure his freedom
The lifeless body of the 52 year-old father of three was said to be found in a bush tied to a stick on Sunday evening after being in the captives of the kidnappers for six days.
However, the murder of the lecturer led to the suspension of the second semester examination scheduled to begin today, while students, lecturers and other staff of the institution moved round the campus in prossession as a mark of respect for the deceased.
This is just as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu told the polytechnic community that the state government and the security operatives tried to rescue the deceased
Addressing journalists over the death of Mr Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP) RUGIPO chapter, Comrade Chris Olowolade, explained that the union had entered into negotiation with the kidnappers for the payment of the ransome when he was killed but said “we lost him to the kidnappers and we received his corpse yesterday.
“The kidnappers placed a ransom of N100m on him which nobody can afford but they reduced it to N7m after two days and later grudgingly asked us to come with N.5m.
“The money was taken to them and the person who took the money were directed by the kidnappers to where he should drop the money. They asked him to stop, reverse and move just to confirm if he was the actual person bringing the money
“But after some hours they called that the man bringing the money should come back that they didn’t see the money, only to be called by the Rector yesterday to go and identify a corpse ”
“We rushed to the morgue and discovered it was his corpse. He was tied to a stick with his clothes and left his remains in the bush. The body was recovered by the police and deposited at the morgue, it show he was badly maltreated before he was killed.”
Gov. Akeredolu lamented that “it is unfortunate that the man couldn’t return home alive. The incident happened some five minutes after I passed the place and I had to deploy some security men in my convoy to the place to rescue the victims”
The governor assured that the state government would be committed to the security of lives and property saying he has directed the security operatives in the state to increase road patrol to curb the activities of the hoodlums on the roads.
Akeredolu said ” these kidnappers have become more daring and desperate, this is because we are moving towards festive period but the state police command has assured that they will not limit their operation to stop and search only but they will also increase the road patrol”
He called on the people of the state to inform police about any strange movement or people in their community and said “community policing and investigation can be done by the people of the community because police cannot be everywhere.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Femi Joseph, who confirmed the killing of the kidnapped staff of RUGIPO, also described the death as unfortunate.
saying all other victims had regained their freedom
Joseph said men of the state police command have been on the trail of the kidnappers but said no arrest has been made.