The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities on Friday condemned the abduction of the Vice-Chancellor of Enugu State University of Technology, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji.
The committee’s Secretary-General, Prof. Michael Faborode, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that issue of kidnapping had become a worrisome development in the country.
NAN reports that Onyeji was kidnapped on August 15, in Enugu on his way to his office at ESUT campus.
“We are very disturbed about the development; it portrays a dangerous trend and a dangerous development for the country, when vice-chancellors have now become more endangered.
“Vice-chancellors have already faced a lot challenges in their universities, now for kidnapping to be added to them is another dimension.
“It is really mind-boggling. We have talked to the university and we are trying to follow developments. We are hoping that he will be released without being harmed,” Faborode said.
He said that kidnapping had become one of the major challenges faced by the country.
The vice-chancellor called on the Federal Government to take all necessary available steps to address the problem.
He added that this was the only way that investors could also bring in economic development to the country.
Faborode said that the issue of kidnap was causing a lot of havoc to the development and progress of the country
“I believe that this is an issue that government has to take as priority number one so that people can be assured of their safety,” he said.