Written by Godfrey AKON

One year after, UniCal lecturer still in captivity

One year after he was abducted from his home, a lecturer with the University of Calabar, Dr David Ugwu, is still in captivity.

Ugwu was abducted on the 14th of February 2020 from the comfort of his home in Calabar, Cross River State.

The plight of the kidnapped lecturer was brought to the fore, last week, by his colleagues at the University of Calabar, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as they demanded for his unconditional release, having spent a year in captivity.

Chairman of UNICAL chapter of ASUU, Dr Edor John, who made the call while addressing journalists in Calabar, said the ASUU and its members feel neglected and scourged with the way and manner the matter was being handled by security agencies.

According to John, Ugwu an associate professor in the Institute of Policy Planning & Administration was abducted from his home on 14th February 2020 and has since then remained in captivity till date.

We have been compelled to address the public because we have been beaten again. One of the canon of our Union is that an injury to one is an injury to all. “One of our members has been in captivity since 14 February 2020.

“He was kidnapped from his home but because of the failure of our security agencies, our colleagues have been with his captors for a year now.

“In spite of the fact we have reported to security agencies about the ugly incident nothing has been heard or done about his release. If he is dead we have not seen his corpse and if he is alive we have not seen him, so we want our brother back whether dead or alive. We need our colleague and brother back alive, even if he has died, let us have his body for a proper burial.

“We are feeling deep pain, we are feeling scourged, spat and ignored, if a Scholar can be kidnapped and detained in captivity for over a year then tell me what will not happen to an ordinary Nigerian on the street.

“The security situation in this country is becoming increasingly worrisome and there doesn’t seem to be any way out, the situation is incrementally relapsing into the state of nature. “Today we are merely stopping at the main gate of the University but after today we will review and take our demand to the next level,” he said.

 

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