The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Benin chapter, has commended the role played by the people of Ikpeshi in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State in releasing the students and lecturers of the institution abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen on their way for field work
Chairman of the chapter, Prof. Monday Joy Omoregie, gave the commendation in a statement titled “Re: Abduction of University of Benin students and staff on Geological field work- A demonstration of failed national security” signed by him and his secretary, Dr. Fabian Chukwugozie Amaechina and made available to newsmen in Benin.
He said if not for the timely intervention of the people of the community who came to the rescue of those abducted, it would have been a tale of woes entirely, adding that he thanked them for their swift response.
“We place on record the heroic role played by the Ikpeshi Community who rose to the challenge by responding in a way that resulted in the rescue of the abducted students and their lecturers.
“We salute the community’s courage and patriotism and recommend their action to other besieged communities.
“Their reaction only proves that we are stronger together.
“Perhaps, but for their role and support, it would have been a tale of woes”, he said.
He said the Abduction of staff and students of Nigerian universities by faceless group has become a trend as similar thing had happened in the time past when staff of the institution went for field work and were kidnapped and later released after the payment of ransom.
Omoregie said the one that happened in Maiduguri where staff of the geological department of the University of Maiduguri were kidnapped by Boko Haram and some of the kidnapped victims eventually died in their custody and the recent one that just happened in the University of Benin are enough reasons for the government of the day to do something about the ugly security challenge in the country.
The ASUU Chairman said the issue of security challenge where lecturers and students have become soft target in the country has the possibility of hindering research which is at the heart of development.
He said it is a virus that needs to be exterminated because of the negative multiplier effect it can have on education and the larger development of the nation adding that if researches and field works cannot go on because of the challenge of insecurity, then the educational sector and the whole concept of national development will be on borrowed time.