The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter yesterday demanded the unconditional release of one of its members, Dr. Beatrice Fabunmi who was kidnapped last Friday in Ondo State.
ASUU chairman UI chapter , Dr. Deji Omole asked the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to secure the release of the victim without any harm or bloodletting.
Dr. Fabunmi is a member of ASUU and works at the Kenneth Dike Library of the university.
She was allegedly kidnapped at Oba-Akoko on her way to see her mother at Ibilo while her husband Professor Martins Fabunmi was released after sustaining gunshot wounds.
The kidnappers are demanding N5million before Dr. Fabunmi can be released.
Omole who described the kidnapping as uncalled for added that academic staff in Nigeria deserved total protection as a vulnerable group of people poorly paid.
The ASUU chief asked the IGP, Solomon Arase to deploy the anti-kidnapping squad to ensure that the victim is released unhurt.
“Where will ordinary Nigerians pass that they will be safe? Our roads are death traps and since we cannot afford the airfare, we endure the hardship only for us to be kidnapped again! This is evil and must be stopped.
The inspector General of Police needs to track down those kidnapping kingpins in Ondo State and other adjourning states. We in ASUU are demanding the unconditional release and safe return of one of our own.
The state must guarantee the security of its members. President Buhari must talk to the security agencies to ensure the release of our member within 24 hours.”
Dr. Omole said although the case had been reported to the police, she alleged that the case was not being treated with the utmost attention it deserved.