Kidnapped Nigerian professor found dead

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The kidnapped lecturer of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Gideon Okedayo, has been found dead.

Okedayo, a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Acting Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies in the university, was kidnapped on September 5 on his way to his hometown in Igara, Edo State.

Okedayo’s decomposing body was found on Monday in the bush, where his abductors held him.

The lecturer’s death is another sad tale in the recurring cases of kidnapping of travellers on major Nigerian highways in recent times.

On July 12, Funke Olakurin, daughter of the chairman of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, was similarly, abducted and murdered by her kidnappers on the Ondo-Ore Highway in Ondo State.

Professor Gideon Okedayo
Professor Gideon Okedayo

The chairman of the OSUSTECH Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dipo Akomolafe, confirmed Okedayo’s death in an interview with NAN on Tuesday in Okitipupa.

He said that ASSU and the university community had been thrown into disarray and were saddened by the development.

“His decomposing body was found in the bush. This is so sad to ASUU and his family members because the abductors never called anybody, whether ASUU or Okedayo’s family for ransom,” he said.

The spokesman for the Edo State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, a Chief Superintendent of Police, did not respond to several calls made to him on the development.

Okedayo was kidnapped by gunmen at Akoko Junction on the Igara-Auchi road, together with his driver on their way to Edo State. The identities of the assailants have not been made public.

The Edo State Police Command had earlier announced that it had recovered Mr Okedayo’s car, a Toyota Corolla.

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