The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of two female students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) by unknown gunmen.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the victims, identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola, were of Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, and Department of Agricultural Economics, respectively
He said they were kidnapped while returning to their halls of residence located at Olowu area in Ayetoro campus of the institution, Yewa North Local Government Area of the state on Sunday evening.
He stated that a manhunt led by the area commander, in conjunction with local hunters, had been launched to rescue the victims unhurt and reunite with their families.
The victims were abducted at about 9pm on Sunday when the attackers stormed Igbole Aibo Quarter area of Ayetoro, in Yewa North Local Government Area of State and fired sporadically before taking the captives away just when they were going back home.
The Deputy Registrar, Corporate Affairs Unit of the OOU, Mr. Niyi Oduwole, has also confirmed the abduction, describing it as unfortunate.
Oduwole said that the university management was collaborating with relevant people to ensure victims safe return.
He said: “the incident is most unfortunate. The university is beefing up security around all our campuses and hostels.
“We sympathise with parents of the victims and we want to assure them that their wards will be rescued unhurt. We are on top of the situation.”
Meanwhile, the Yewa North Patriotic Forum has called on Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to direct the Commissioner of Police to relocate to Yewa-North over the issue of insecurity.
The group said that Yewa LGA had been battling with herders and farmers’ crisis that had reportedly claimed many lives in the last few months.
President of the group, Mr. Sanni Omobolaji, in a statement issued yesterday, noted that Ayetoro area has not been enjoying proper policing.
The statement reads in part, “We have not been enjoying good policing in Ayetoro since the former DPO died a few months back. Since then, a new DPO has not been deployed to the area, while the DCO who has been acting in the capacity of DPO has not been cooperative with our people.
“We, however, demand an immediate redeployment of the DCO, else, we might take that as an act of sabotage by the police.”
Also, the state chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Adeyemi Samson, begged Abiodun to ensure security of students in Ogun West.
“Our governor must embark on a fact finding mission now, so as to see things for himself because the security situation in Ogun West is terrible.
“We also beg the commissioner of police to move to Ogun West to restore normalcy in the area.”