Abduction: Released OOU students reunite with family | Dailytrust

Abduction: Released OOU students reunite with family

Ogun State commissioner for health, Dr Tomi Coker, with the rescued Olabisi Onabanjo University students, Oyefule Abiola Oluwatosin (left) and Adeyemo Precious (right), after they were released by their captors at the Governor’s office, Abeokuta, Wednesday

Two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ayetoro Campus, Ogun State, who were earlier freed by their abductors, have reunited with their family members.

The female students identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola, studying Forestry and Wildlife Management and Agricultural Economics respectively, were abducted at about Sunday night when gunmen attacked Igbole Aibo Quarters of Ayetoro, in Yewa North Local Government Area of the State.

The students were, however, rescued on Tuesday night, barely 48 hours later.

The students and their parents were presented to the State government on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s office, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta.

Speaking on the security situation in the school, the Students Union President of OOU, Hamzah Akala, told newsmen that the kidnapping had exposed the security lapses around the institutions in the state.

Akala lamented that “a lot of things have been happening, this has opened everybody’s eyes to what is happening in our community.

“I will advise the government to tighten security in the state.”

However, it was gathered that the parents of the students paid about N2million ransom before the kidnappers freed the girls.

Daily Trust was told the kidnappers demanded N50m earlier.

But the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, denied payment of ransom.

He said “this is a welcome development and to the best of our knowledge, nothing was paid to anybody.

“I think the police made a statement about how they were rescued.

“I am sure they themselves are still investigating.”

In her comments, the State’s health commissioner, Dr Tomi Coker, said the rescued students have been subjected to medical examinations, stressing that none of them showed any health concern but assured that they have been vaccinated accordingly.