Thursday 4 August 2022

LAUTECH SUG Confirms Killing Of Abducted Student, Demands Justice

The Student Union Government (SUG) of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, yesterday confirmed the killing of a final year student, Rachael Opadele, by her abductors.

Opadele and a hotelier, Olugbenga Owolabi, were abducted on July 29, 2022, at the hotel, located in Abaa area of Ogbomoso.

Owolabi was a hotelier, who recently returned to the ancient city while Opadele, a student of LAUTECH, but working at the hotel due to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The news of the killing of the victims and the motorcyclist was said to have sparked a protest by some students of the university and angry youths in the town.

The highway from Isale General to LAUTECH and Ilorin were reportedly blocked by the irate protesters.

It was learnt that the kidnappers had demanded ransom for the release of the victims.

Both Opadele and Owolabi, were reportedly killed on Tuesday evening by the kidnappers after a sum of N5 million was collected as ransom.

The SUG in a statement  yesterday  and signed by Adeboye Anuoluwa, Opaleke Ibrahim and Michael Gabriel, President, General Secretary and Public Relations Officer, respectively, while confirming the killing, said despite the notice to the government, security operatives, and all other stakeholders, there was no known form of genuine commitment demonstrated by all of them in addressing the security situation in the institution and the state.

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