UNICAL lecturers demand release of colleague kidnapped in Feb 2020

Ada Wodu, Calabar

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Calabar branch, has called for the unconditional release of Dr David Ugwu, who was kidnapped on February 14, 2020.

Speaking with journalists on Monday during a peaceful procession at the main gate of the university, the Chairman, ASUU, UNICAL, Dr John Edor, said the union and its members feel neglected and scourged with the way the matter was being handled by security agencies.

According to him, Ugwu, an associate professor in the Institute of Policy Planning & Administration, was kidnapped from his home last year and his whereabouts have remained unknown.

Edor stated, “We have been compelled to address the public, because we have been beaten again. One of the canons of our union is that an injury to one is an injury to all.

“One of our members has been in captivity since February 14, 2020. He was kidnapped from his home, but because of the failure of our security agencies, our colleague has been with his captors for a year now.

“In spite of the fact we have reported to security agencies about the ugly incident, nothing has been heard or done about his release. If he is dead, we have not seen his corpse; and if he is alive, we have not seen him. So, we want our brother back, whether dead or alive. We need our colleague and brother back alive; even if he has died, let us have his body for proper burial.

“We are feeling deep pain; we are feeling scourged, spited and ignored. If a scholar can be kidnapped and detained in captivity for over a year, then tell me what will not happen to an ordinary Nigerian on the street.”

Edor added, “The security situation in this country is becoming increasingly worrisome and there doesn’t seem to be any way out. The situation is incrementally relapsing into the state of nature.

“Today, we are merely stopping at the main gate of the university, but after today, we will review and take our demand to the next level.”

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