Gunmen kidnap varsity professor, demand N50 million ransom


By Ismail Auwal

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped  a former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Adigun Agbaje, and two Moshood Abiola Polytechnic students on Friday.

According to Professor Farouq Kperogi, the abductors contacted the victims’ families and demanded N50 million for the release of the former vice chancellor for academics, and also demanded N10 million for each of the two students.

Agbaje and students were reportedly taken near Sat Guru Maharaji Garden at the Ibadan end of the Lagos- Ibadan expressway around 6:00 pm on Friday.

Oyo state police spokesperson, Adewale Osifeso, while confirming the incident said one officer was killed and another “badly injured” when they engaged the gunmen.

“So far, expended ammunition shells and four abandoned vehicles were retrieved at the scene,” Mr Osifeso, a superintendent of police, said in a statement.

He said the police commissioner in the state has ordered an investigation into the incident.

“In the same vein, caregivers, traditional healers, and residents within and outside the area of the shooting incident are advised to be on the lookout for gunshot victims and immediately report any strange occurrence to the police for prompt action,” the statement said.

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