Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gunmen kidnap FUTA lecturer

A lecturer in the Department of Meteorology of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Dr Tunji Akinlabi, has been kidnapped by gunmen numbering about six.
Consequently, the abductors, youths between the ages of twenty and twenty five, have demanded for N15m ransom from the family of the lecturer.
Akinlabi was reportedly kidnapped late on Friday as he was about driving to his residence located at his Stateline-Aule Road.
The kidnappers had telephoned his wife 12 hours after he was abducted and warned against involving the police or any security agency.
His shout for help, according to sources, proved abortive as the gunmen shot sporadically  to scare his neighbours as he was bundled into his Toyota Serena car and driven away  to an unknown destination.
The vice-chancellor, Professor Adebisi Balogun, and other principal officers of the university have visited the residence of Akinlabi, expressing  shock at the development.
Speaking on the development, FUTA, Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Omololu Adegbenro, described the kidnap as worrisome and unfortunate.