Olayinka Adegbehingbe, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), professor who was abducted on Sunday, said N5.045m was paid to secure his release.
Adegbehingbe disclosed this in an interview with NAN.
A lecturer at the department of orthopaedic surgery of the university, Adegbehingbe attributed his release to the power of God.
He said the kidnappers, whom he described as herdsmen, had initially demanded N30 million but later collected N5.045m after negotiation.
Speaking on the high level of insecurity across the country, he said many jobless youths have resorted to crime.
He 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,” he said.
“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.”
Oluwole Komolafe, president of the Nigeria Medical Association in Osun state, also 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.