A lecturer at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state, Kelvin Izevbekhai, has been killed by his abductors. His death was confirmed by the police and the university management.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed DanMallam, confirmed the killing on Sunday.
The Commissioner stated that the lecturer was killed in an attempt to escape when the victims were being marched into the forest by their abductors.
NAN reported that the kidnappers were said to be operating near okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.
It is recalled that gunmen abducted Izevbekhai and other passengers in the bus they were travelling in.
“The driver of the minibus was said to have fled into the bush along with four other passengers. Unfortunately, one of the passengers who tried to escape during the abduction was killed by gunmen. The police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims,” the Commissioner stated.
According to the commissioner, the police were working on a new strategy which entails taking the war to the kidnappers’ den in the jungle, adding that it is the best way to tackle the scourge.
The spokesman of the university, Jide Ilugbo, who confirmed the killing described it as “barbaric”, adding that late Izevbekhai was a First Class Graduate and was employed in the university in 2016.