The news of the death of a professor in the Department of Mathematical Science, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Gideon Okedayo, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last week, is indeed appalling
Okedayo and his driver were reportedly kidnapped by the gunmen on their way to Igara in Edo State, but the driver was later released after which he reported to the police.
The Edo State police command had earlier announced that it had recovered Okedayo’s official vehicle, a Toyota Corolla with registration number, 06X47OD, a few hours after the abduction.
It was gathered that Okedayo’s decomposing body was found on Monday in the bush, where he was captured by his abductors.
The chairman, Joint Action Committee of Staff Unions of the OSUSTECH, Mr. Temidayo Temola, who confirmed the incident said the incident saddened all members of staff of the university.
The death of the late don, who was described as a peace-loving and generous person had thrown the OSUSTECH campus into mourning.
Governments at all levels must do what is expected by providing adequate security of lives and properties across the country. We cannot continue to lose lives that are precious to wicked men of the underworld. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must do the needful by ensuring its safety. Our students must be protected including our intellectuals. They are the building blocks of our society. This is very important and therefore must not be toyed with. It is in the provision of adequate security that development is guaranteed.
Olalere Ajayi, Lagos
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