Kidnapping: ASUU Threatens to Embark on Industrial Action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says, it may be compelled to embark on industrial action if the spate of kidnapping of academics in the country persisted.

This position was announced by the Chairman, ASUU Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile Ife Doctor Adeola Egbedokun at a Press Conference on the university campus in reaction to the recent kidnapping of a teaching staff of the institution.

Doctor Egbedokun observed that the persistence of kidnapping and other forms of criminality was an indication of government’s failure to provide adequate security for its citizens as provisioned in the Constitution.

He described as worrisome the upsurge in kidnapping and its incursion into Osun State, hitherto described as one of the most peaceful in Nigeria.

The ASUU Chairman said members of the university community, including lecturers and students now lived in fear following the abduction of a Professor along the Ibadan-Ife expressway, which is major route to the school.

Doctor Egbedokun called on Osun State Governor, traditional rulers and the police authorities to tackle the rising spate of kidnapping by suspected herdsmen.

Last week Sunday, 5th of this month, a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery with the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Adeyinka Adegbehingbe was kidnapped at Aponmu junction, Ikoyi along Ile-Ife Ibadan expressway on his way to Ife.

According to Professor Adegbehingbe, who was released few days after the abduction, the kidnappers collected a ransome of over five million naira before he could regain his freedom.

Adenitan Akinola

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