The family of kidnapped Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Prof. Cyprian Onyeji, has commenced negotiation with his abductors.
Prof. Cyprian Onyeji was abducted on Wednesday at the gates of the institution at Agbani. The kidnappers are demanding a N200 million ransom.
Onyeji’s deputy, Prof. Aloysius Uzoagulu, who updated reporters on the incident, said the university management is relating with the VC’s family on his freedom. He insisted that the issue of the ransom demand and negotiation are solely the responsibility of the family.
“The wife, children, brothers and other relations of the vice-chancellor are there to see to his release by the abductors. We only go there to be briefed on the latest development,” he said.
He described the abduction as shocking and an embarrassment to the staff and students of the university. He explained that workers in the university are holding prayer sessions for the release of the vice chancellor and denied reports that the workers embarked on a strike.
The car in which the vc was driven away by the kidnappers has already been recovered.