A lecturer in the Department of Meteorology of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Dr Tunji Akinlabi, has been kidnapped by gunmen numbering about six.
Consequently, the abductors, youths between the ages of twenty and twenty five, have demanded for N15m ransom from the family of the lecturer.
Akinlabi was reportedly kidnapped late on Friday as he was about driving to his residence located at his Stateline-Aule Road.
The kidnappers had telephoned his wife 12 hours after he was abducted and warned against involving the police or any security agency.
His shout for help, according to sources, proved abortive as the gunmen shot sporadically to scare his neighbours as he was bundled into his Toyota Serena car and driven away to an unknown destination.
The vice-chancellor, Professor Adebisi Balogun, and other principal officers of the university have visited the residence of Akinlabi, expressing shock at the development.
Speaking on the development, FUTA, Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Omololu Adegbenro, described the kidnap as worrisome and unfortunate.
UPDATE: Academic staff of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have started contributing to ensure the freedom of their colleague, Dr Tunji Akinlabi, who was kidnapped on Saturday.
The lecturers were said to have commenced making frantic efforts to raise part of the N15 million demanded by the abductors before Akinlabi could be released.
The lecturer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the lecturers were making the move because it would be practically impossible for the family to raise the N15 million demanded by the kidnappers.
However, speaking on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adeniran Aremu, said the command had commenced investigation into the matter.
Aremu added that the police authorities had “set up a high powered investigation team to unravel the mystery behind the kidnap.”