Education news in Nigeria:> Varsity teachers in street protest over kidnap of associate professor

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter, on Friday, took to the streets of the university town to protest the kidnap of their colleague, Dr. Paul Erie, who is an associate professor.

Erie, who is of the Department of  Agricultural Economics and Extension in the Faculty of Agriculture, was reportedly kidnapped at his residence in Igbanke, Orhiowmon Local Government Area of Edo State, on June 16.


The university lecturers, who carried placards and chanted solidarity songs, took the protest to the Ekpoma Police Station, palace of the traditional ruler of Ekpoma and the popular Market Square in the town to register their grievances.

Chairman of ASUU, AAU chapter, Professor Fred Esumeh, explained that the protest was to bring to the public domain, the unending spate of kidnapping of its members or spouses of members in Ekpoma and environs.

He recalled more than eight AAU-ASUU members that had been kidnapped in the past, calling on security agencies and Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State 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 lamented.

Some lecturers in the university including Professor O.P.G. Nmorsi of the Department of Religious and Cultural Management, Professor E.E. Okoeguele of Botany Department, Dr. Justina Ehikhiamen of the Department of Philosophy, Mrs. L.A. Osho of Vocation and Technical Education and the wives of Professors J.E.A. Osemekhian, Raymond Aluede, I.A. Onimhawo and Dr. Ken Imarenezer of Departments of Physics, Educational Foundations, Biochemistry and Microbiology respectively have all been kidnapped in recent past.

Education news in Nigeria:> Varsity teachers in street protest over kidnap of associate professor Education news in Nigeria:> Varsity teachers in street protest over kidnap of associate professor Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on 11:31:00 Rating: 5

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