The lecturer was kidnapped along with his driver in his official car, a Toyota Corolla marked 06X 47 OD, at Akoko junction on Auchi-Igara road while going to his hometown in Igara in Edo state.
The abducted lecturer’s driver, Mr Sunday Omonigbo, who was later released by the gunmen after a deep cutlass cut in his right hand, reported the case at the Igara Police Division.
DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, the Command’s Public Relations Officer confirmed the recovery of the lecturer’s official car to newsmen.
He also said efforts were being made to ensure that the lecturer regained freedom from his abductors, promising to keep the press abreast of further developments.
“We have recovered the Professor’s official car, but we are still searching for him and we will ensure the press are notified of further developments,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the family members of the kidnapped lecturer who did not want his name in print, also said that his whereabouts were still unknown.
The anonymous speaker said that the abductors had yet to call the family to ask for any ransom, praying that Prof. Okedayo be released divinely. We urge the Police to step up their investigations so that he can be released unhurt,” the anonymous speaker said.
Prof. Okedayo is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and an Acting Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, OSUSTECH in Okitipupa