By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The family of the abducted lecturer of the department of Orthopaedic and Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof Yinka Adegbehingbe, has appealed to the security agencies to intensify effort towards the prompt release of their son.
One of the family members who spoke with journalists on phone in Osogbo on Monday, Mr Kola Olabojede said the family has been thrown into disarray since the ugly incident happened.
Adegbehingbe, alongside his wife and two other unidentified persagers were said to be returning to his OAU, Ile-Ife on Sunday when he was kidnapped at about 6 p.m at Ikoyi near Ikire along Ife/ Ibadan expressway.
WESTERNPOST learnt that Prof. Adegbehingbe was the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer for Osun East Senatorial election in the last February 2019 National Assembly election.
When asked to hand over the phone to the wife of the lecturer, Olabojede, said she was resting following the painful and ugly incident experience she witnessed from the abductors who whisked away her husband and that she would not want to be disturbed to narrate the incident.
He however pleaded to the abductors of their son to release him to enable him reunite with his family members as well as return to work.
“As at the time of filing this reports, the kidnappers are yet to make contact or demand for ransom from the family to secure his release,” according to the family.
When our correspondent visited the Faculty of Orthopaedic surgery where the lecturer is believed to be working to capture the mood of the institution, the situation was tensed as both the staff and students of the institution wore a mournful look while many workers especially the victim’s colleagues were seen discussing the matter in groups
Academic activities were partially grounded as people in the faculty were in a sorrowful mood when our correspondent visited the place.
Also speaking on the development, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro had swung into action since the night of the incident and promised to get to the root of it in no distance time.
She assured that the command will rescue the abducted lecturer from his abductors.
“We are investigating the case already and our officers are walking round the clock to see that the matter is well thrashed,” she said.
The OAU public relations officer, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju who commended the security agencies for their prompt response to the incident said the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Abiodun Ige personally visited the scene of the incident with his officers on Sunday night to comb the place.
Olanrewaju however appealed to the security officers to speed up action to secure the release of the lecturer.