Five abducted Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) leaders in Oyo State have regained freedom.
Gbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relation Officer of Oyo state, made it known to pressmen that he was yet to be briefed of the development but sources said the union leaders were allegedly released after paying a ransome of N5 million.
According to a source, the abducted ASUP leaders regained their freedom after the payment of the stated amount.
It is recalled that the ASUP Chairman, Opadijo Oluyide; Sectretary, Gbenga Alayande and three other union leaders were abducted while returning from the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of unions meeting held at Oke-Ogun Polytechnic in Saki.
“We just secured their release this night after payment of five million contributed by our members. I want to tell you that we have lost confidence in the Nigerian Police Force. Those who kidnapped our leaders were Fulanis.
“We are going to stage a protest to the government secretariat to remove totally the ‘Kara’ market in this area. We will down tools until the market is totally removed,” the source stated.