Gunmen Kidnap Ex UI DVC Along Lagos-Ibadan Highway, Demand N50m

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted  a former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Ibadan, Professor Adigun Agbaje along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The kidnappers were said to have contacted Professor Agbaje’s family, demanding N50 million ransom before releasing him.

New Nigerian gathered that the former DVC was kidnapped on Friday by the gunmen along  the Dominion University end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Professor Agbaje now on sabbatical at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye in Ogun State,  was  said to be returning to Ibadan at about 6pm on Friday when the gunmen reportedly blocked his vehicle and others, shooting sporadically into the air.

The kidnappers were said to have led the abducted former DVC into the nearby bush with other yet to be identified victims.

It was gathered that efforts by the Policemen and others that arrived the scene later at rescuing the kidnapped people was met with resistance by the kidnappers who were said to be shooting sporadically at the police and other rescue team.

Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adewale Osifeso in a statement, said there was a case of abduction  on Friday along  the Dominion University end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway 

” On Friday 28/10/2022 at about 1835HRS, Operatives of the Command attached to Toll-Gate Division received information about sporadic gunshots heard along  the Dominion University end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway”, he said.

SP Osifeso added, ” In swift response to the above, the Divisional Police Officer led a team comprising; Anti-crime patrol operatives, tactical teams, Police Mobile men and local hunters for immediate rescue and further intervention”, he said  

SP Osifeso added, ” During the process of prevailing and preventing further chaos from what was evidently an abduction scenario, an Officer attached to the Command paid the supreme price with one other badly injured and presently responding to treatment”.

He stressed, ” so far, expended ammunition shells and (4) Four abandoned vehicles were retrieved at the scene.”

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