Kidnapped OSCOTECH workers regain freedom, police in chase of abductors

WorldStage Newsonline– As four workers of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday regained their freedom, police are mounting rigorous efforts to apprehend the kidnappers.

Spokesperson for Osun police command, SP Folasade Odoro who confirmed the release of the victims this morning said efforts were still ongoing to arrest the gunmen that kidnapped them and the police would not stop until the perpetrators were brought to justice.

Odoro said that the abducted staff regained freedom in the early hours of Friday and have all been reunited with their families, but did not give details on the release.

“The remaining four abducted staff of the college have been released and have been reunited with their families.

“Efforts are still ongoing to arrest the gunmen that kidnapped them and the police will not stop until the perpetrators are brought to justice,” she said.

The police spokesperson, however, did not say whether or not a ransom was paid for their release, but queried, “how can ransom be paid to abductors that were not seen?”

Suspected gunmen kidnapped eight staff of the college, and killed one other who tried to resist being kidnapped.

The gunmen later freed four on Wednesday and there have been little or no details on how they regained their freedom.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adewale Oyekanmi, had told NAN how the abduction took place.

He said that the institution’s staff were attacked and kidnapped around 4:30pm while leaving the college premises after close of work on Tuesday.

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

“One of the staff was shot and killed when he did not stop and was trying to escape in his car,” he said.

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