Chris Steven, Abuja
Worried by the growing pace of abduction across the country, Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities have condemned the recent abduction of a serving Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rosemund Osahogulu, of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, and a former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Albert Ilemobade of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
They have accordingly, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to act quick in ordering relevant security agencies to ensure safe release of their abducted colleagues.
The VCs under the auspices of the Association of Vice-chancellors of Nigerian (Federal, State & Private) Universities, made the call in a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend.
The statement signed by the Secretary General of the Association, Professor Michael Faborade, described the abduction of the Vice Chancellors as worrisome.
Foborade, said the kidnapping of Osahogulu and Ilemobade, was more worrisome because their where-about have not been established.
The statement reads in part: “The Association of Vice-chancellors of Nigerian (Federal, State & Private) Universities, hereby condemns in very strong terms, the recent kidnapping of serving Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rosemund Osahogulu of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, a former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Albert Ilemobade of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
“What has made these kidnappings worrisome is the fact that since the two were abducted, there had been neither contact nor news about their where-about.
“Considering their age and state of health at the time of the incident, we call on Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Governor of Rivers State and all the relevant security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, take necessary action to ensure the safe release of our colleagues.
“We also call on these ‘evil doers’ who have suddenly taken interest in unleashing terror on innocent and harmless heads of our institutions and other members of the academia to desist from these deadly and dastardly acts and have a change of heart”.