On Friday night, two students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Professor Adigun Agbaje, were kidnapped.

A police officer was killed in the incident, which occurred near Sat Guru Maharaji Garden on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, before the gunmen fled with their victims.

Miss Oluwatobi Orekoya, one of the MAPOLY students, is said to be a final-year Business Administration student.

According to reports, the kidnappers have since contacted the families of their victims, demanding N50 million for Professor Agbaje’s release, with parents of each of the students being asked to pay a N10 million ransom.
Agbaje, who was on sabbatical at Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago Iwoye, was on his way back to Ibadan around 6 p.m. when he was ambushed.

In a phone conversation, MAPOLY’s spokesman, Mr. Yemi Ajibola, confirmed the incident, saying, “I was informed of the incident by the school Students’ Union President, Damilola Ajani.”

He also stated that the institution’s management has taken the necessary steps and contacted the appropriate authorities to ensure their safe release.

Comrade Simeon Damilola Kehinde, Chairman of NANS, Ogun Joint Campus Committee, stated that the state’s apex students body is doing everything humanly possible to ensure their release.

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While confirming the incident, Damilola Ajani, President of MAPOLY Student Union Government, is appealing to the public for financial assistance and prayers for the release of the abducted students.

Attempts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ogun State Command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, were futile because calls to his phone were not answered.

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