By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The body of a former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade, alleged to have been kidnapped, was on Sunday evening found decomposing in a room near his car-park in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Prof. Ilemobade was declared abducted alongside his driver by his housemaid last week Monday in Akure. The body was found seven days after the police in the state had declared a manhunt for his abductors.
But the decomposing body had already been evacuated by the police from the Ondo State command before the arrival of journalists at the compound.
Confirming how the body was found to journalists, the Vicar of Saint Vinning Anglican Church, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi, said the police broke the news of his death to the family and church members during a service.
Venerable Fagbemi added that upon the confirmation, some church members had to rush to the deceased’s house in Ijapo area of Akure, shortly after the service and met the police waiting for their arrival. He disclosed that two suspects, whose names he gave as Yemi and Daniel, both driver and gateman of the deceased, were arrested. They were alleged to have masterminded the death of the former FUTA VC.
He said: ”He was believed to have been kidnapped last Sunday night and since Monday morning everybody had been frantically looking for him and probably locate where he might be.
“But the latest we heard today was that the police confirmed that Prof. Ilemobade is dead and was killed while those who went with his car have also been apprehended.
“We found out that both the driver and gateman of Prof. Ilemobade were here to lead the policemen to the place the decomposing body was kept.
“Two of the suspects have been arrested while his remains had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue,” he said.
Venerable Fagbemi also said the two suspects confessed that they were the ones who murdered the late Vice chancellor by pouring diesel on his body to avoid odour from suspecting members of his family.
He said the late Prof. Ilemobade until his death was a frontline member of his church who had contributed immensely to the growth and development of the church.
Attempts by journalists to speak with members of the family proved abortive, as some of the family members mostly his children and wife were inconsolable.
The Ondo State Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, who visited the house of the deceased declined to comment when approached by journalists.
Eke asked journalists to visit his office on Monday for briefing on the incident.