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  • Updated: June 22, 2024

Student kidnapped while working in Ondo farm; NANS reacts

Student kidnapped while working in Ondo farm; NANS reacts

A 300-level Computer Engineering student from Al-Hikmah University, Igbaja, Kwara State, Akindoyo Gideon, was kidnapped while working on his father's cassava farm in Lumeko village, Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State.

His motorcycle was discovered by a search team at the farm.

Gideon went to the farm on June 11, 2024, and has not been seen since.

The Senate secretariat of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in a statement signed by Henry Okunomo, has urged security agencies to help locate Gideon.

The statement suggested that Gideon's abduction might be linked to the ongoing communal crisis between the Irele and Igbobini communities.

NANS has called on the leaders of both communities to find the missing student, dead or alive.

The statement read: “Information from the National President of Irele Local Government Students and a community leader, Dr. Adekugbe Erik, indicates that Gideon traveled home to gather foodstuffs and was abducted while working on his father’s farm.

“The community leader reported that Gideon’s disappearance coincided with an attack by the Igbobini community, which resulted in destroyed homes and properties.

“We demand that the leadership of both the Irele and Igbobini communities produce the student, dead or alive, within 72 hours. Failure to do so will compel us to relocate the NANS secretariat to the affected communities, where we will remain until the student’s safe return is secured.”

Gideon's mother, Mrs. Janet Akindoyo, expressed her distress, saying, "He has not returned. The search party found his motorcycle where he parked it, but we haven’t seen him. I’m appealing to the security agencies and the public to help find him."

Ondo Police spokesman, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident and stated that police officers have been deployed to the forest to search for the missing student.

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