Kidnappers of Osun College workers demand ransom

Osun State College of Technology, OSCOTEH, Esa-Oke
Osun State College of Technology, OSCOTEH, Esa-Oke

Suspected kidnappers of six staffers of the Osun College of Technology (OSCOTECH), Esa-Oke, Osun, kidnapped on Tuesday have contacted the families of the remaining four victims.

The kidnappers were said to be demanding for ransom before the victims could regain their freedom.

The police on Wednesday said four of the victims were now free.

A family member of one of the victims, who asked not to be named, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on social media that she was already in touch with the kidnappers.

“I am now on (sic) negotiation with the kidnappers, but they are insisting on N2 million.

She said the kidnappers alleged that they had moved their victims to Benin.

“Our God is everywhere and He will settle the ransom for us in Jesus name.

“We really appreciate everyone for being there, sirs and mas. Let’s not relent yet.”

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Osun Police Command, Folashade Odoro, had earlier confirmed to NAN in Osogbo that four of the six kidnapped staff members of OSCOTECH, had regained their freedom on Wednesday.

Ms Odoro, however, declined to give further details relating to their freedom but said police operatives were still working toward the release of the remaining four.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped eight workers and students of the college and also killed one of them that tried to escape. The two students kidnapped escaped from their abductors and are now safe.

The Students Union President of the institution told PREMIUM TIMES the two students said their kidnappers were Fulani herdsmen, a claim the police are yet to confirm.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Adewale Oyekanmi, said on Wednesday that the staff members were attacked and kidnapped around 4:30 p.m. after the close of work on Tuesday.

Mr Oyekanmi said the gunmen blocked the Esa-Oke Road leading to the college campus, stopped the vehicles of the staff and abducted them.

“One of the staff was shot and killed inside his car when he was trying to escape from the gunmen.

“The police, DSS and men of the OPC are helping in combing the bushes to see if they can rescue the kidnapped staff,” he told NAN.

(NAN)

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