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“I WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD DURING ABDUCTION PROCESS” – PROF ADIGUN AGBAJE

University of Ibadan’s ex-Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adigun Agbaje who has just been released from the den of the kidnappers has thanked friends, colleagues, and other well-wishers for the concern shown during his abduction while recounting his ordeal.

This was contained in a statement issued by the former DVC’s son, Adewale Agbaje on Monday morning.

Prof. Agbaje wrote, “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.

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“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. I was shot 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.”

Expressing his appreciation to Nigerians, he wrote, “For now I want to thank the following: former and current Vice Chancellors of the University of Ibadan – Prof Olufemi Bamiro, Prof Isaac Adewole, Prof Idowu Olayinka and Prof 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.

“I am quite grateful for all your efforts. You all kept hope alive and ensured that the sensitive negotiations came to a successful end when I regained freedom yesterday evening.

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“As stated earlier, my heart goes to those young female undergraduates, the young men, and the middle-aged person I left behind with the kidnappers.”

Agbaje noted that he is undergoing comprehensive health checks and as such, may be unreachable for now.

He said as soon as he gets medical clearance, he will thank everyone personally.

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