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Kidnapping: LAUTECH SUG mourns murdered student 

The SUG said students could no longer work, move freely, or do anything without fear of being kidnapped, robbed, raped, or maimed within or outside the university community.

• August 4, 2022
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)

The Students Union Government (SUG) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso on Wednesday mourned the killing of kidnapped Rachael Opadele, a final year student of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the institution.

Anuoluwa Adeboye, LAUTECH SUG president, said in a statement that the development had brought a dark moment to the institution. According to him, Ms Opadele was kidnapped while working at a hotel in a community close to the institution.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student, Rachael, a final year student of LAUTECH, that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH,” said Mr Adeboye.

He added, “This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us. We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap, and we led the team to write to Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying. It’s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today.”

He called on the government to bring to book Ms Opadele’s killers.

“The government should act fast and let justice be served. As a matter of urgency, we are challenging the government to present to the public the killer(s) of our dear colleague,” added the SUG president.

Ms Opadele was abducted in the early hours of Friday in a hotel at Aaba, a community close to LAUTECH. She was said to be working at the hotel following the ongoing ASUU strike.

In its July 30 statement, the SUG said students could no longer work, move freely, sleep, travel, or do anything without fear of being kidnapped, robbed, raped, or maimed within or outside the university community. 


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