The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, have demanded the unconditional release of Dr. Femi Omisore of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, who was kidnapped by some gunmen in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
Dr. Caleb Aborisade, the Chairman of ASUU, OAU chapter, in a telephone interview with Punch in Osogbo, said members of the union made the call after an emergency congress on Monday.
Aborisade said the union did not have money to pay to the gunmen who abducted one of its members.
The union sympathised with the family of Omisore’s driver, who was shot dead by the gunmen that abducted his boss on his way to Oye Ekiti to attend a ceremony.
He said, “ASUU held an emergency congress on Monday on the issue of Dr. Omisore, who was kidnapped. We condemn his abduction and the killing of his driver.
“We sympathise with the family of the driver and we are demanding the unconditional release of Dr. Omisore.”
Meanehile, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the university, in another separate interview with journalistt, said the lecturer was a dedicated man imparting knowledge to students.
He added that neither Omisore nor the school had the capacity to raise the ransom demanded by the gunmen.
Omisore was abducted in Ado Ekiti on Friday while travelling to Oye Ekiti for a funeral.
It was gathered that the gunmen were on his trail and his driver having sighted them accelerated to stop the abductors from overtaking the vehicle.
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