Kidnapped union leaders regain freedom in Oyo

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Mohammed Adamu
Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu

The five leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in Oyo State who were recently kidnapped on Saturday regained their freedom.

However, the police Public Relations Officer, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, when contacted for confirmation said he was yet to be briefed and therefore could not confirm the report.

But sources said they were allegedly released after payment of five million naira ransom.

A source from the institution who pleaded anonymity said that the abducted leaders regained freedom after the payment of the ransom.

The ASUP Chairman, Opadijo Oluyide, his Secretary, Mr. Gbenga Alayande and three others were kidnapped on Thursday night while returning from Saki, in Oke Ogun area of the state.

The union leaders had gone to attend the Joint Action Committee of unions in all the six Oyo State-owned tertiary institutions at Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki.

He said that the five million naira ransom was contributed by members of staff of the institution to secure the release of the leaders.

The source added, “We just secured their release this night after payment of five million contributed by our members. I want to tell you that we have lost confidence in the Nigerian Police Force. Those who kidnapped our leaders were Fulani.

“We are going to stage a protest to the government secretariat to remove totally the ‘Kara’ market in this area. We will down tools until the market is totally removed.”

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