Academic Staff Union of Universities, Obafemi Awolowo University branch has threatened to embark on Strike if the Inspector General of Police and Police Commissioner in Osun state fail to address the rising incident of kidnapping in the country.

 

ASUU said since the abduction of one of its members, Prof Yinka Adegbehingbe in Apomu axis of Osun state on Sunday, May 5 by suspected  Fulani herdsmen, workers, students and other members of the university community had been carrying out their duties in fear and anxiety.

 

Reading resolutions of the union after its Congress to newsmen on the campus of the university, ASUU, OAU branch chairman, Dr. Adeola Egbetokun, said during physical contact with the victim and his wife after the incident, the group confirmed that ransom was paid to Adegbehingbe’s abductors before his release.

 

He said though the branch could not on its own declare strike over the matter, Egbetokun, however, said if the insecurity is not urgently addressed, the national leadership of the union may be forced to embark on industrial action to compel government to act on the matter.

 

Egbetokun said, “ASUU OAU, while unanimously condemning the criminal act of kidnapping not only as a crime against humanity and the state, also observed that it is a barbaric act violating the Constitution, laws and customary decency of Nigeria.

 

“ASUU OAU also sorrowfully acknowledged the degrees of fear, trepidation and anxiety pervading the atmosphere under which academic staff, students and other members of the university community are now going about their duties at the Obafemi Awolowo University.

 

“This is an unwelcome development capable of lowering the morale of workers and destroying academic, teaching and research activities.

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