Four workers of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, who were abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen, have been released. This was confirmed by the Spokesperson for Osun police command, SP Folasade Odoro. He said that the abducted staff regained freedom in the early hours of last Friday and have all been reunited with their families, but did not give details on the release.
He said, “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?
It could be recalled that suspected gunmen kidnapped eight staff of the college, and killed one other who tried to resist being kidnapped, around 4:30 pm while leaving the college premises after the closing of work on the Tuesday of that week. Oyekanmi said the gunmen blocked the Esa-Oke Road leading to the college campus, stopped the staff vehicles plying the route and abducted them.