Reports at our disposal has it that a lecturer with Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, in the Department of Theatre Arts, Dr. Boniface Anyanwu has been kidnapped.
The kidnappers, we learnt are demanding the sum of N10 million as ransom before they let him off the hook.
Dr Anyanwu was kidnapped along with the son of Professor Augustine Nwachukwu (a lecturer in DELSU and neighbour to Anyanwu).
Oasis Magazine, OM, learnt that he was whisked away after the kidnappers, numbering six, who came in two different motorcycles stormed his residence at Obiaruku, broke in through the window and drove him away in his red-coloured Toyota Camry. The kidnappers had reportedly broken into Dr Anyawu’s house through the window by yanking off the burglary proof.
The hoodlums, whose actual mission was yet to be ascertained, also allegedly made away with two laptops, phones, the unspecified amount of money and other valuable items.
Accorfing to Tribune Online, the kidnapped duo was allegedly later crammed in the booth of Dr Anyanwu’s Toyota Camry and driven away to an unknown destination.
He’s said to be asthmatic and there are fears over his health status as he was kidnapped without allowing him to take his medication with him.
Dr Anyanwu, a senior lecturer at DELSU said to be humble, harmless and loved by his students, was reportedly kidnapped from his Obiaruku home on Saturday at about 2:00 a.m.
Wife of the victim, Dr (Mrs) Bona Anyanwu, in a chat, said the kidnappers, who opened a channel of communication with the family on Sunday, were still negotiating with the abductors.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), DELSU chapter, Professor Abel Diakparomre, who spoke with TribuneOnline on Monday, confirmed the kidnap but called on them to release the victims unconditionally.
“It’s true. He was kidnapped alongside with Professor Nwachukwu’s son and they’re demanding N10m on each of them.
“We thought the era of kidnapping DELSU lecturers was over.
“We call on the state government to mobilize security for the rescue of the victims unconditionally.
“We’re lecturers, we don’t have money than our salaries. We don’t know why they target us. We’re worried the whole place is looking so insecure. The government should help us,” the ASUU boss pleaded.
Although the Police Public Relations Office, Delta State Police Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, could not be reached it was reliably gathered that after the family of the victims had reported the incident to the police, the Commissioner of Police had mobilized his men to effect their release from the kidnappers’ den.
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