Lecturer escapes from kidnappers who wanted N30m ransom

A lecturer of the University of Agriculture, (UAM), Makurdi, who was abducted by unknown gunmen last Friday, Dr. Joseph Orsar, has returned home safely after escaping from his kidnappers.

Kidnappers have targeted the institution repeatedly

A lecturer of the University of Agriculture, (UAM), Makurdi, who was abducted by unknown gunmen last Friday, Dr. Joseph Orsar, has returned home safely after escaping from his kidnappers.

gathered from a Guardian report that Orsar was abducted by unknown gunmen from his house located at the Federal Housing Estate, North Bank, Makurdi, around 5:00pm.

According to the Acting Chairman of the UAM chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) UAM, Dr. Bemgba Anjembe, the kidnappers then demanded a ransom of N30million from his family.

But Orsar, who lectures at with UAM's Department of Wild Life and Range Management, escaped and ran into Gbagyo village in Guma Local Council.

Anjembe said  the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Emmanuel Kutcha, arranged Orsar's rescue from the Village after receiving information of his whereabouts.

He condemned the kidnap of university staff which has become a common occurrence in the country.

"As a union, we wish to state that the act of kidnapping, demanding of ransom and ransom taking is condemnable and we are asking security agencies to investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction of our colleague," Anjembe said.

“We wish to express gratitude to the Gbagyo community as led by Zaki Orkpe Gbagyo for coming to the aid of our colleague as we await the outcome of investigation on the matter.

"I encourage our members to be security alert at all times,”

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO) of the state police command, ASP Matthew Oku, said investigation is still ongoing.

In July, an academic staff at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Dr (Mrs) Felicia Eze, was abducted, just about a month after the Vice Chancellor of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumini, Port Harcourt, Prof. Rosemund Dienye Green-Osahogulu, was kidnapped along Okocha road in Port Harcourt.

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