ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma branch, on friday, stormed the streets in protest against the kidnap of one of its members, Dr. Paul Erie, an associate professor, and called on their abductors to release him unconditionally.
Local media report that Erie, who is of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, was reported to have been kidnapped at his residence in Igbanke, Orhiowmon Local Government Area of Edo State, since June 16, 2015.
The protesting ASUU members who carried placards and chanted solidarity songs, took their protest to the Ekpoma Police Station, the Palace of Monarch of Ekpoma, the popular Market Square in the town to register their grievances.
The protesters lament that Dr. Paul Erie had spent days in the kidnappers’ den.
Chairman of ASUU, AAU Chapter, Prof. Fred Esumeh explained that the protest was to bring to the public domain once more of the unending spate of kidnapping of its members or spouses of members in Ekpoma and environs.
He recalled that more than eight AAU-ASUU members that have been kidnapped in the past and called on the security agencies, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and other security agencies to come to their rescue.
“Teaching and learning cannot take place in an environment where fear reigns supreme and insecurity is the order of the day.
“We believe that this ugly trend has become pervasive and almost a normal thing because little or nothing has been done to apprehend the hoodlums as they seem to be having a free day in their nefarious business”, he said.
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