5 victims still in kidnappers’ custody, freed ex-UI DVC Agbaje reveals, recounts experience

A former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Adigun Agbaje, released Sunday by kidnappers, has said five other persons including two young female undergraduates, two young men and one middle aged are still in the custody of kidnappers.

Professor Agbaje disclosed this in a statement made available to the public and signed by his son, Adewale Agbaje, Monday.

The former DVC in the note stated that during the attack on his vehicle by the kidnappers, he was shot at on the head by the gunmen.

“It’s a new day today and I’m happy to be alive. I was released by my kidnappers’ yesterday evening after spending two nights in the thick forests of Ogun and Oyo states. My mind goes to the five others who are still left with the kidnappers: two young ladies, two young men and a middle aged person,” he said.

Professor Agbaje added, “I was shot at in the head during the abduction process.  I thank God that the bullet that went through my car’s windscreen left only a skin deep wound on my head even though it left a gaping hole in the cap I was wearing. I did not even know about this till Saturday morning when I saw caked blood on my cap.

“I am undergoing comprehensive health checks and so it may take some time to thank all my family, including friends and in-laws to my children, my own friends, colleagues and all Nigerians.”

The former DVC thanked Nigerians for rising to his timely rescue from the hands of the kidnappers, saying, “For now, I want to thank the following former and current vice chancellors of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro, Professor Isaac Adewole, Professor Idowu Olayinka and Professor Kayode Adebowale, my colleagues at the University of Ibadan and other universities at home and abroad, current and former students, including Mr. Fisayo Soyombo, for their wonderful support and generosity to my family, top government, military, and other security officials.”