A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Femi Omisore was on Friday kidnapped in Ado-Ekiti by gunmen. Reports said the Department of Environmental Design Management lecturer was on his way to attend a funeral at Oye Ekiti in Ekiti State.
His captors, who were said to be armed with guns, were said to have trailed him for a while and caught up with him when his driver, who noticed them tried to evade them. They killed the driver, set the car and fire and took Omisore to an unknown destination.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, OAU chapter, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, who confirmed the incident, said: “According to the information I gathered from his family, Dr. Femi Omisore was kidnapped on Friday evening. He was going for a funeral ceremony in Oye Ekiti.
“I learnt that a member of his department was burying his father in Oye Ekiti and he was travelling there when he was kidnapped.
“The kidnappers used his telephone to call his wife this morning (Sunday) and they demanded N70m ransom.
“We are not politicians; where do they expect us to get such amount?”
He appealed to Omsiore’s abductor to release the lecturer.
He said the family was not rich and could not afford to pay such a huge amount of money.