Unknown gunmen have reportedly abducted a senior lecturer of the Delta state University, Abraka, whose name was given as Dr Boniface Anyanwu, and a son of his colleague, one Professor Augustine Nwachukwu, the Punch has reported.

Gunmen Reportedly Abduct University Lecturer And His Colleague’s Son

The report said the two victims were kidnapped in the night of Saturday, February 3, by gunmen at the lecturer’s residence in Obiaruku near Abraka, Delta state.

The lecturer was reportedly forced into his Toyota Camry and taken to an unknown destination while the report said a senior lecturer of the institution confirmed the development on Monday, February 5, adding that the hoodlums later contacted the family of the lecturer and demanded N20 million for their release.

It was learnt that the victim is asthmatic and was not allowed to take his dr*gs. The report said the Delta state Academic Staff Union of Universities also confirmed the abduction of the lecturer in a statement signed by its chairman and secretary, Professor Abel Diakparomre and Dr Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri respectively.

It was learnt that the victim is asthmatic and was not allowed to take his dr*gs. The report said the Delta state Academic Staff Union of Universities also confirmed the abduction of the lecturer in a statement signed by its chairman and secretary, Professor Abel Diakparomre and Dr Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri respectively.

The statement said ASUU condemned the development and appealed to the abductors to immediately release their colleague whose health they expressed great concern for.

“The latest of these incidents is the kidnap of one of our lecturers, Dr Boniface Chukwuma Anyanwu, a senior lecturer in the department of theatre arts and Nnamdi Nwachukwu, son of another lecturer (Professor Austin Nwachukwu of the department of human kinetics and health education) who live at Obiaruku (a neighbouring community to Abraka).

“This incident occurred at about 3am on Saturday, February 3, 2018. “The kidnap victims were taken away in the booth of Dr Boniface Anyanwu’s car. The kidnappers have since made contact with the families of the kidnap victims demanding N10 million ransom for the release of each of the victims.

This is totally unacceptable. “The kidnap of lecturers, and/or members of their family, is not only unacceptable, it is bizarre and primitive. Academics, all over the world, are the springboard of society’s growth and development.

“This is so because of their role in imparting knowledge to persons who later become builders of societies. A society that has no respect for intellectual resource is destined for doom and damnation.”

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the abduction of the lecturer and his colleague’s son. According to Aniamaka, police has already commenced a manhunt for the kidnappers and assured school that the victims would be rescued unhurt.

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