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Herders’ attack: Victim killed days to bag doctoral degree from OAU

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Herders’ attack: Victim killed days to bag doctoral degree from OAU
  • Gunmen free pregnant doctor in Ondo
  • I’ll defend Yoruba land with my blood –Gani Adams

 

 

One of the victims of the attack on the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Olaniyi Emmanuel, was killed a few days to bag his doctoral degree. This was as gunmen, who on Tuesday abducted workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic (RUGIPO) in Owo, Ondo State have released one of their victims on compassionate ground. Emmanuel was killed by herdsmen believed to be of Fulani extraction at Esa-Oke, the country home of the late Cicero, Chief Bola Ige, in Oriade Local Government Area on Tuesday. However, his death has thrown the faculty of Education of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife into mourning because he was one of those to be awarded doctoral degree on December 14.

The deceased was a member of the 2015/2016 set. The Head of Department of Educational Foundation and Counselling, Faculty of Education, OAU, Dr. Yemi Adediwura, described Emmanuel’s death as a big blow to the faculty. He also prayed to God to give the affected family the fortitude to bear the loss. Adediwura referred to the deceased as a serious student while in the faculty.

He said: “We sympathise with the affected family, the Faculty of Education, his department, Educational Management, and the institution as a whole and we pray to God to give him eternal rest in the blossom of Christ.” Also yesterday, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, who is also the leader of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, vowed to protect the Yoruba Land with the last drop of his blood. Adams, who spoke through the state OPC Coordinator, Prince Adedeji Aladesawe, said Yoruba territory was as important to him as the blood flowing in his veins. He pledged to do all he could to see that lives and property of his kinsmen were defended and protected. Condemning the spate of killing of the Yoruba in the South-West, Adams promised that very soon, he would call a stakeholders’ meeting of the race to see how such would be averted in the land. Meanwhile, the abductors in Ondo State freed a heavily pregnant doctor, Mrs. Jumoke Aiyeku, in the early hours of yesterday to her family after an undisclosed amount of ransom was paid. She, however, spent 24 hours in the kidnappers’ den before her freedom was secured. Aiyeku and other staff of FMC and RUGIPO were abducted on their way to Akure, the Ondo State capital, after the close of work on Tuesday.

The five victims, who are members of staff of the FMC, Owo, and RUGIPO, were abducted by some gunmen at Amurin village, on Akure-Owo Expressway in the Owo Local Government Area of the state. It was learnt that two of the victims were lecturers in the polytechnic while the rest were nurses and a doctor from the FMC. The kidnappers were said to be Fulani, who dressed in mobile police uniforms.

They stopped vehicles disguising like policemen at a checkpoint. However, the pregnant doctor got her freedom yesterday. A source at the FMC told journalists that an undisclosed amount of money was paid to the hoodlums before she was released. The source said: “The abducted doctor is a treasurer of the Association of Resident Doctors, FMC, Owo branch. “She was released after a ransom was paid. But she is in a stable condition. It may be because she is pregnant that was why she was set free.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, however, said it was the efforts of the men of the police command that brought about the victim’s freedom. He said: “Since the abduction took place, our men have been at work, they didn’t sleep. That was why they freed the victim and no ransom was paid.” It was also learnt that the kidnappers had contacted the families of the remaining victims, demanding N50 million each.

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