Mr. Kelvin Izebeokhai, a lecturer with the Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) in Edo State, has been shot dead by suspected kidnappers.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed DanMallam, who confirmed the killing on Sunday, said Izebeokhai was killed in an attempted escape bid from the kidnappers.
Igbere TV gathered that the gunmen were operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.
It was gathered that the gunmen abducted Izebeokhai and other passengers in the bus they were traveling in.
The driver of the mini bus was said to have rushed into the bush along with four other passengers.
“Unfortunately, one of the passengers who tried to escape during the abduction was killed by the gunmen.
“The police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims,” the CP said.
On his part, spokesman of the university, Mr. Jide Ilugbo, described the killing as “babaric.”
Ilugbo said the late lecturer was a First Class graduate and was employed in the university in 2016.
He said it was unfortunate he ran into hoodlums, saying that it was now dangerous to travel on the Benin-Lagos highway due to frequent attacks by armed robbers and kidnappers.