By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, lecturer who was kidnapped on Sunday, Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe has disclosed that his abductors collected N5.045m before he was released.
Adegbehingbe, who was kidnapped at about 6 p.m at Ikoyi near Ikire along Ife/ Ibadan expressway while returning to the campus of OAU was on Monday night released.
The surgeon who spoke at his residence on the university campus said his abductors had initially demanded N30m ransom but after much negotiation later collected N5.045m before he was released.
While attributing his release to the power of God, he said, he is hale and healthy.
He however condemned the level of insecurity across the country, saying majority of the youths who are unemployed resorted to crime.
Adegbehingbe said, “The Federal Government needs to invest more in security; we need to know the identity of people coming in and going out of the town, state and the country at large.
“The people who abducted me were Fulani herdsmen and they had four guns and multiple rounds of ammunition as well as different dangerous weapons.”
He then canvassed for community policing as well as called on government to provide employment for the youths, saying that; ”idle hands are the devil’s workshop.’’
The lecturer also thanked the security operatives, the entire OAU and OAUTHC communities, his families, church members and all other well wishers for their prayers and other support rendered.
Also speaking, the President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Osun State chapter, Prof. Oluwole Komolafe, expressed gratitude to God for the release of Adegbehingbe.
He called on the Federal Government to look into the issue of security across the country so that citizens would have rest of mind.