Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have kidnapped a former Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Prof. Osadolor Odia, in Edo State.
Odia was on his way to his farm at Egoro, Ekpoma when he was waylaid by the gunmen, who whisked him away.
A university source was quoted as saying that when the news of Odia’s abduction filtered in, it threw the school into fright.
“I can confirm that Prof Osadolor Odia was kidnapped today (Thursday) on his way to his farm,” the source revealed.
It said the kidnappers have already made contact with the family of the professor and have demanded N18m ransom.
The school’s Public Relations Officer of the university, Edward Aihevba, when contacted 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 spokesman, Kontongs Bello, however said he was not aware of the incident and promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ekpoma.