The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to persuade the police to ensure the release of an kidnapped female lecturer, Christie Angbuku.
The chairman of ASUU, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Mr Bemgba Anjembe, made the appeal on Friday in Lokoja at a news conference.
Mr. Anjembe, who spoke through Ishaq Eneji, Secretary of the University’s Chapter of ASUU, said that he was displeased that the police had not been able to rescue Ms. Agbulu, who was kidnapped on November 16 while on a visit to Kogi.
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 that the leadership of the ASUU met with the officials of the state police command on December 1st, 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.
He said 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.
The ASUU chairman also appealed to Nigerians to volunteer useful information that could lead to the rescue of the lecturer.
He also appealed to the lecturer’s abductors to leave her unhurt in the interest of the unity of the country.
The official said that the lecturer was a dedicated and committed Nigerian.