Members of Academic Staff Union of
Universities, ASUU, University of Calabar
branch, yesterday, demanded the
unconditional release of their colleague
Dr David Ugwu, who has been in captivity
since February 14, 2020.
Addressing newsmen during the peaceful
procession at the main gate of the
University of Calabar, Chairman ASUU,
UNICAL, Dr Edor John, said the union and
its members feel neglected and scourged
with the way and manner the matter was
being handled by security agencies.
He disclosed that Dr David Ugwu, an
Associate Professor in the Institute of Policy Planning and Administration was whisked away from his home on February 14, 2020, and has since then remained in captivity tll date.
“Despite the fact we have reported to
security agencies about the ugly incident,
nothing has been heard or done about his
release. If he is dead, we have not seen his corpse and if he is alive, we have not seen him, so we want our brother back whether dead or alive. We need our colleague and brother back alive, even if he has died, let us have his body for a proper burial”.
“We are feeling deep pain, we are feeling
courged, spat and ignored. If a scholar can be kidnapped and detained in captivity for over a year, then tell me what will now happen to an ordinary Nigerian on the street”.
Speaking further, he bemoaned the
deteriorating security situation in the Country, adding that security agencies must sit up as Nigeria was gradually relapsing into a high level of insecurity.
Edor said: “The security situation in this
country is becoming increasingly worrisome and there doesn’t seem to be
any way out, the situation is increment
relapsing into the state of nature.
Today, we are merely stopping at the
main gate of the University but after
today, we will review and take our
demand to the next level, he said.