Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnics chapter, Bori, Rivers State has condemned the abduction of one of their colleagues, Mr. Abiye Ogan who was kidnapped by gunmen in Bori on Sunday.
Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the ASUP chairman Kenpoly chapter, comrade Ferry Gberegbe said Mr. Ogan, a lecturer in the Department of Science Laboratory Technology was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at 11pm in Bori.
Gberegbe who described Ogan as a hardworking man said it is an absolute wickedness to kidnap a poor lecturer that has not been paid his salaries but struggling to provide for his family.
He called on the Rivers State Police command, the Rivers State government and Khana Caretaker Committee Chairman to do everything within their power and ensure that the lecturer regains his freedom.
He noted that with the kidnapped of their colleague, ASUP would want an assurance that the environment is safe for teaching as the polytechnics commence a new semester.
He also pleaded with the governor of Rivers State Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike to direct the release of their dues, levies, and pension and loan repayment from February that have been held by the Ministry of Finance.
Gberegbe said: “ASUP is unhappy over the abduction of our member and we condemned this nefarious act. This is not the first time gunmen have abducted our members. It is an act of wickedness to kidnap a poor lecturer whose salaries are yet to be paid.
“We want the police and the Rivers State government to act fast as to ensure his safety and freedom. For now, we are not sure of our safety as lecturers, because with what is happening we need to know if the environment is safe for teaching or not.”
However, a reliable source from the victim’s family said the gunmen are yet to contact the family and no ransom has been placed on his abduction.