A lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Prof. Yinka Adegbhingbe was reportedly abducted by armed men who are believed to be kidnappers on Sunday evening at the Ife-Ibadan Expressway.
According to security sources, the incident occurred between Asejire and Ikire town around 9 pm.
News gathered states Prof. Adegbehinde along with his wife travelling from Lagos to Ife when the armed men attacked his vehicle and abducted him.
An eyewitness to the incident, Azeez Olagunju, said several vehicles ran into the ambush by the gunmen.
He said, “Several vehicles were stopped by some men armed with guns. Many people fled into the bush because we thought it was an armed robbery attack.
“Later, we were told a man had been abducted but I don’t know who the person is. Those that fled into the bush later returned after the men had left the road.”
A spokesperson for Ooni of Ife, Moses Olafare also confirmed the abduction of Adegbehingbe.
Olafare said, “I received a call from one of the passengers who witnessed the abduction of Prof Yinka Adegbehingbe. Immediately I received that information, I called OAU PRO. I also called Ife Area Commander of Nigeria Police Force and later the Commissioner of Police.
“CP told me she was aware of the incident and requested for more details from our end and we gave that. I later spoke to the wife of Prof. Adegbehingbe. She was in a police station around Apomu when I spoke to her.”
OAU Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, also confirmed the abduction in a telephone conversation.