Friday 16 December 2016

30 days after, kidnapped female lecturer yet to regain freedom

A female lecturer, Ms Christie Agbulu, who was kidnapped during a visit to Kogi State on November 16, is still being withheld by her abductors.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Police to ensure Agbulu’s release.

Dr. Bemgba Anjembe, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, made the appeal on Friday in Lokoja at a news conference.

Anjembe, who spoke through the Secretary of the University’s Chapter of ASUU, Dr. Ishaq Eneji, said he was dissatisfied that the Police had not been able to rescue Agbulu.

He said that the victim was kidnapped as soon as she arrived in the state, adding that the abductors later used her phone to call to demand a ransom of N150,000.

“One hundred thousand Naira was paid into her account and her abductors quickly withdrew the money, using her ATM card.

“The balance of N50,000 could not be paid just as the matter was reported to the Police,” he said.

He said the leadership of the ASUU met with the officials of the state Police command on December 1, during which the Police assured them that they would do their best to save her.

“Today is 17 days after we first came to Lokoja in search of our colleague, and there is no information about her whereabouts,” the official said.

According to him, the development forced the union to write a petition to the Inspector-General of Police on December 5, noting that the union had yet to get a response.

The unionist appealed to the President to intervene to rescue Agbulu – a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

The ASUU chairman also appealed to Nigerians to volunteer useful information that could lead to her rescue.

He also appealed to the lecturer’s abductors to leave her unhurt in the interest of the unity of the country.

He official said that the lecturer was a dedicated and committed Nigerian.


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