The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, Victor. U. Nkemdirim has explained how two Professors of the university and others were late Thursday robbed and kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen along ABSU-Isuikwuato road.
According to him, the lecturers involved are Rev. Professor S.O Eze of the Department of Industrial Chemistry and a Methodist minister, and Professor Chris Afulike of the Department of Mass Communication, who were travelling in their different cars.
The ASUU boss revealed that the incident took place at about 6.00 pm when the two lecturers ran into the herdsmen as they were robbing a vehicle, adding that after the robbery, the herdsmen ordered all to lie down, then took the two professors and some others away.
As at the time of this report, the Toyota Camry car belonging to Professor Afulike has been seen with his phone inside the vehicle, while the victims were yet to be seen.
The ABSU ASUU boss said the families of the lecturers had confirmed the incident, and that the University management had stepped into the matter.
“ASUU national body has been contacted through ASUU Calabar zone, while the university Vice-Chancellor, Professor Onyemachi Maxwell Ogbulu has moved into the matter and necessary security agencies have also been contacted”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Geoffrey Ogbonna has confirmed the incident, stating that the police was investigating the incident.
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