A former Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Osadolor Odia, has been abducted by gunmen.
He was said to be on his way to his farm at Egoro, Ekpoma, on Thursday, he was accosted by the gunmen, who whisked him away.
A source at the university, who pleaded anonymity, stated when the news of Odia’s abduction filtered in, it threw the school into panic.
“I can confirm that Prof Osadolor Odia was kidnapped today (Thursday) on his way to his farm,” the source stated.
According to the source, the kidnappers have already made contact with the family of the professor and are demanding N18m ransom.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Edward Aihevba, said he received the news of Odia’s abduction as general information, adding that he had no details of the incident.
However, the spokesman for the Edo State Police Command, Kontongs Bello, said he was not aware of the incident and promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ekpoma.
He had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this story.