An orthopedic surgeon with Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Professor Olayinka Adegbehingbe, who was abducted on Sunday, has disclosed that N5.045 million was paid to secure his release.
Speaking with NAN, Adegbehingbe stated that the kidnappers, whom he described as herdsmen, had initially demanded N30 million but later collected N5.045m after negotiation, attributing his release to the power of God.
On the high level of insecurity across the country, he stated that many jobless youths have resorted to crime, and called for community policing as well as provision of employment for the youths, saying “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”.
“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 herdsmen and they had four guns and multiple rounds of ammunition as well as different dangerous weapons.
“I also thank the security operatives, the entire OAU and OAUTHC communities, our families, church members and all other well wishers for their prayers and other support rendered,” the lecturer at OAU department of orthopaedic surgery said.
Reacting, the President of the Nigeria Medical Association in Osun state, Oluwole Komolafe, expressed gratitude to God for the release of Adegbehingbe.
“The federal government should look into the issue of security across the country so that citizens would have rest of mind,” he said.