The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) chapter has called on the Inspector General of Police and the Osun State Police Commissioner to address the incessant cases of kidnapping in the country or risk industrial action by lecturers.
According to the ASUU OAU chapter, since the abduction of Prof. Yinka Adegbehingbe in Apomu axis of Osun state on the 5th of May, 2019 by Fulani herdsmen, workers and students and other members of the institution had been carrying out their duties in fear.
Reading resolutions of the union after its congress to journalists, ASUU OAU branch chairman, Dr. Adeola Egbetokun, said during physical contact with the victim and his wife after the incident, the group confirmed that ransom was paid to the professor’s abductors before he was released.
“ASUU OAU, while unanimously condemning the criminal act of kidnapping not only as a crime against humanity and the state, also observed that it is a barbaric act violating the constitution, laws and customary decency of Nigeria.
“ASUU OAU also sorrowfully acknowledged the degrees of fear, trepidation and anxiety pervading the atmosphere under which academic staff, students and other members of the university community, are now going about their duties at the institution,” the chairman stated.
The Union called on the Inspector General of Police and the Director of State Security Services to continue to do everything in their powers to expose the herdsmen and other criminals who masterminded the kidnapping of Adegbehingbe and perpetrators of crimes across the country.