Rufus Giwa Polytechnic shun academic activities on Monday over death of lecturer

Category: Trending | Posted date: 2018-12-11 11:56:42 | Updated date: 2018-12-11 12:01:55 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News

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Governor Akeredolu commiserates with the institution, promises more security on the roads in the state

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic shun academic activities on Monday over death of lecturer

By Olayinka Popoola in Owo

The lecturers and entire staff of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo in Ondo State shunned academic activities last Monday over the death of a lecturer of the institution, Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi. 

Akinyemi was among the four people reportedly captured last Tuesday by kidnappers near Amurin Village on the Akure—Owo road.

The pregnant woman among the victims was reportedly freed the following day while other two also regained their freedom in the same week, remaining only Akinyemi with the captors.

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Information gathered revealed that the killing of the lecturer may be due to the inability of the kidnappers to pick, where it was placed, the N500,000 finally agreed ransom between them and the family of the deceased.

The remains of the lecturer was reportedly found last Sunday evening tied to a stick in a bush. However, the condition of his remains was evident that the lecturer was gruesomely killed.

Speaking with newsmen on the death of Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP), RUGIPO chapter, Mr. Chris Olowolade, who described the death as unfortunate, explained that the deceased was shot at the back while several deep machete cuts were inflicted on him before he was killed by his killers.

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Olowolade was quoted as saying “We lost him to the kidnappers and we received his corpse yesterday.

“The kidnappers placed a ransom of N100 million on him which nobody can afford but they reduced it to N7 million after two days and later grudgingly asked us to come with N.5 million.

“The money was taken to them and the person who took the money was directed by the kidnappers to where he should drop the money. They asked him to stop, reverse and move just to confirm if he was the actual person bringing the money.

“But after some hours, they called that the man bringing the money should come back that they didn’t see the money, only to be called by the Rector yesterday to go and identify a corpse.

“We rushed to the morgue and discovered it was his corpse. He was tied to a stick with his clothes and left his remains in the bush. The body was recovered by the police and deposited at the morgue, it show he was badly maltreated before he was killed.”

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As a sign of respect for the departed soul, the institution suspended its second semester examination scheduled to begin on Monday (yesterday) while students, lecturers and entire staff of the institution converged in procession within the premises of the institution.

Governor Akeredolu commiserates with the institution, promises more security on the roads in the state

The Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the institution over the death of Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi. Speaking during his condolence visit to the bereaved Polytechnic yesterday, the Governor said it was sad and very unfortunate to have lost the gentle man.

He said the State government and security agencies in the state had tried to secure the freedom of the deceased, but to no avail.

According to Akeredolu, “the state government and police have secured the release of other victims and they have returned to their various homes.”

While giving assurance that the government would be committed to the security of lives and property in the state, the Governor said the kidnappers appeared more desperate. He promised more security patrol teams would be deployed on the roads in the state to ensure effective security of lives of the people and property.

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“The kidnappers appear more desperate. So, we will get more patrol teams on the roads to ensure effective security of our people and property”, Akeredolu said.

While commending the police for their gallantry in rescuing other victims of the kidnap, including the pregnant woman among them, Governor Akeredolu denied the rumour that ransom was paid to secure her release. He also expressed optimism that kidnapping for ransom or for any other reasons would be a thing of the past in the state. He charged the students and other lovers of peace in the state to be vigilant and report suspicious persons or movements to security agencies for prompt action.

“Your population (the students)is enough to defect suspicious persons and report them to the police and other relevant authorities. 

“All we can continue to do is to be optimistic that we will have a crime-free society with fervent prayers and vigilance”, the Governor said.

Speaking earlier, the polytechnic rector, Mr. Gani Ogundahunsi commended the State Governor Akeredolu for showing concern over the unfortunate incident. Ogundahunsi said the polytechnic appreciated the governor’s condolence visit even in less than 24hours after the news of Akinyemi’s death was broken. According to the rector, the condolence visit demonstrated Akeredolu’s excellent leadership.

“Governor Akeredolu’s concern for the security of lives and property of all is appreciated”, Ogundahunsi said.

Police promises arrest of perpetrators

Meanwhile the Ondo state Command of the Nigeria Police has promised that the kidnappers would soon be arrested, saying there would be no hiding place for criminal-minded people in the state.

Speaking though its state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Femi Joseph, the police confirmed the killing of the kidnapped staff of the Polytechnic and said all other victims had regained their freedom and reunited with their families.

According to the PPRO, “We have resolved to increase our manpower on our roads with more patrol to reduce the activities of these criminals to the barest minimum.

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“I can assure you that justice will be done and the search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts, to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

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