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Gunmen Abduct Student, 3 Others In Ogun

BEVERLY HILLS, May 23, (THEWILL) – gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have stormed Ogun State, abducting four persons in separate operations between Wednesday and Saturday.

The first victim of the abduction, Mrs. B.L. Abimbola, the Deputy Director, Information Communication Technology, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), was kidnapped at Ijebu-Ode on Thursday around 7 p.m.

The other took place at a farm in Abule Itoko village in Odeda Local Government Area of the state, where a 400–level student of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, the farm owner, identified as Dominic, and a 17-year-old female Togolese, were abducted while working in the farm on Saturday.

Although abductors of Abimbola of TASUED were yet to contact her family, their counterparts who operated in Odeda had reached the wife of Dominic for a N150 million ransom to release the three captives in their custody.

It was also learnt the FUNAAB student, being an indigent, had been working in that farm in the last three years to eke out a living and fund his education before he was kidnapped.

Authorities of FUNAAB have identified the abducted student as Toyinbo Nathaniel Olayinka, a 400 level student of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management.

The university through its Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Kola Adepoju, in a statement on Sunday, said Toyinbo was abducted around 8am on Saturday at Abule-Itoko, Odeda-Ibadan road, about 25 minutes drive from the university permanent site at Alabata Road, Abeokuta.

He stated: “A 400 Level Student of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Toyinbo Nathaniel Olayinka, has been abducted by suspected kidnappers in a private Farm at Abule, Itoko, Odeda, Ibadan Road.

“Abule Itoko, where the student was reportedly abducted around 8am on Saturday, is about 25 mins drive from the University Permanent Site at Alabata Road, Abeokuta.

“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’s been living and working as a practising livestock farmer for the past three years to sustain himself as a self-sponsored indigent student of the University.

“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.”

Spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the abduction of Abimbola of TASUED.

He was yet to respond to enquiries in respect of the alleged abduction of the other three persons.