Olayinka Adegbehingbe, a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been kidnapped.
Adegbehingbe is a lecturer in the College of Health Sciences, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.
The university don was abducted during a robbery attack that occurred along Ife/Ibadan expressway around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday while he was travelling from Ibadan to Ife.
The Chief Security Officer of OAU, Babatunde Oyatokun, who confirmed the incident, said “of all the vehicles attacked, Adegbehingbe, who was in his vehicle, was singled out and abducted.”
He, however, added that efforts are being made to rescue the victim.
The Police Area Commander in Ile-Ife, Folorunsho Adegboye, also confirmed the incident. He, however, said he could not speak officially on the matter because he is on leave.
Kidnapping for ransom has become rampant in many parts of Nigeria.
Last Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped the Deputy Registrar of Taraba State University, Sanusi Sa’ad. He was kidnapped from his residence at the university staff quarters around 1 a.m.
Three months earlier, two Bowen University staff in Osun State, were abducted at Ile-ogbo junction, along Iwo-Osogbo road.
In September 2018, three academic staff of Shehu Idris College of Health, Makarfi, Kaduna State were kidnapped while travelling to Makarfi from Zaria in Kaduna.