The Dean of Faculty of Arts, Niger Delta University, Prof. Ogaga Okuyade had reportedly cheated death and kidnap attempt by whisker while trying to avoid being abducted by kidnappers on Monday, 5th April, 2021 along Eku-Sanubi Road in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Prof. Okuyade who is said to be a 1998 graduate of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, encountered the kidnap attempt at about 5pm on the said day.
Oasis Magazine (OM) reported that the kidnappers who the lecturer said were three in number had, on sighting him, pursued his vehicle which they hit from behind, making him lose control of the vehicle which led to the car’s double somersaulting.
According to multiple sources, the angry kidnappers would have shot the university don dead who was already trapped in his vehicle for proving stubborn to the kidnap attempt. Prof. Okuyade may have been shot dead for trying to escape,” Oasis Magazine reported.
Adding, an eyewitness said “he was rescued by Chief Great Ogboru’s convoy”. Chief Ogboru, a former gubernatorial candidate of Delta State was said to have missed his trip abroad and hence was returning home. It was on his way back to Abraka that his convoy ran into the incident.
He and his team quickly rescued the professor and turned the vehicle up, having been upside down. The kidnappers bolted away on sighting the mobile policemen.”
According to sources, the Professor has been transferred to an orthopedic hospital for further treatment of his broken arm and bruises on his body.
Prof. Ogaga Okuyade was on his way to NDU when the incident occurred. When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Etaga Bright, said he was yet to be informed of the incidence.