Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Enugu State University of Science and Technology ( ESUT) branch yesterday held a peaceful protest against the kidnap of their Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji. The protest was led by the chairman of ASUU, ESUT brach , Dr. Agu Gab Agu.
Prof. Onyeji, who is in his 9th day of abduction, was picked by kidnappers last week Wednesday, August 15. The kidnappers have reduced a huge ransom of N200 million to N100 million.
The lecturers who marched round the former temporary site of the university at Independence Layout, Enugu were dressed in their academic gowns.
The protest march was preceded by a prayer session conducted by Prof. John Obasikene, the Dean of Students’ Affairs.
They displayed placards among which read, “Kidnapping is anti intellectualism”, “ESUT is not safe for academic exercise”, “Set free our VC to continue his good works”, “Pls release our VC for everybody’s happiness” and “All we are saying give us protection in our work place”.
Addressing the lecturers later, the ASUU chairman, Agu Gab Agu said: “As colleagues of Prof. Cyprian Onyeji, we attest that he is a good natured man who will not wish the abduction of an enemy. We join well meaning persons to pray and demand that his abductors bring him back safely to rejoin his family, friends and colleagues, now.”
Agu enjoined the lecturers not to relent in their prayers for the release of the vice-chancellor whom he described as a “financial member of our great union”, saying they should get involved in the search for the vice chancellor and send any information they have about the abductors to the appropriate security agencies.