Gunmen have freed the five kidnapped members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology Igbo-Ora after collecting N5 million as ransom.
The lecturers were kidnapped on the highway, while returning from a meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of unions in all the six Oyo state owned tertiary institutions which held at Oke-Ogun Polytechnic in Saki on Thursday September 19.
A source from the institution told newsmen that members of staff of the institution contributed the ransom money which facilitated the release of Opadijo Oluyide, the ASUP Chairman, his Secretary, Mr. Gbenga Alayande and three others.
“We just secured their release this night after payment of N5 million contributed by our members.
“I want to tell you that we have lost confidence in the Nigerian Police Force. Those who kidnapped our leaders were Fulanis.
“We are going to stage a protest to the government secretariat to remove totally the ‘Kara’ market in this area. We will down tools until the market is totally removed” he said.