AAUA SSANU Protests Incessant Kidnap, Killings, Tasks Govt. On Security

Adekunle Ajasin University's Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian universities, SSANU, has taken to the streets to protest incessant killings and activities of kidnappers in the state. They called on the government of Ondo State to prevail on this situation.

There have been cases of incessant abduction and killings of persons by gunmen along Owo-Ikare highways in the last one month.

Ladt weekend, a lecturer at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), Mr Olopete was abducted by gunmen along Owo-Ikare . Earlier, three other persons were abducted on their way to Akure from Ikare Akoko after attending a burial ceremony by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who attacked their vehicle and took them away forcefully.including a couple, Mr and Mrs Bunmi Falodun, regained freedom after spending four days in the captivity of abductors.

Disturbed by this level of insecurity, the Chairman of SANNU, Comrade Tope Famuti, described the level of insecurity in the state as unacceptable and called on the government of Ondo State to do something drastic forthwith to address the situation.

According to Famuti, "The union is very worried about the level of insecurity in the state in recent times, particularly on Owo-Ikare highway where cases of repeated kidnapping and killings of travellers have been happening. A good number of our colleagues at the state polytechnic have fallen victims to this unfortunate situation. As a Union, we have a responsibility to speak for the people, moreso that our colleagues in sister institutions and members of Adekunle Ajasin University use the road on daily basis.

The Union's scribe , Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni, also decried the situation, asking the government of Ondo State to intervene. "We have therefore decided to do stage this protest to send a message to the government and security operatives that all is not well with the state and that the security challenge on Owo-Ikare road has become unbearable and bad. We cannot continue to fold our arms while the situation degenerates." Ogungbeni said.

Meanwhile, Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Femi Joseph said the command is making efforts to stop kidnapping in the state.


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