By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) UNIZIK Branch, have protested against the abduction of their colleague, Engr. Emeka Chiaghana, demanding for his immediate release.
The protesters, wielding placards of various inscriptions, such as, ”We demand for immediate release of our colleague”; ”Where is Engr Emeka Chiaghana?”; ”We want our colleague back alive”, among others, marched from UNIZIK Multi-Purpose Hall to Government House, Awka.
Speaking at the entrance gate of Government House, the Chairperson of SSANU, Comrade Njideka Nwangwu, appealed to Governor Willie Obiano and the security agencies in the state to expedite action in searching for their missing colleague.
According to Nwangwu, Mr. Emeka Chiaghana, a state of Information Technology Department of NAU, was abducted by unknown persons at his residence, Nibo, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
She said that the association would assist the government in ensuring that their colleague was freed from his abductors, noting that they were concerned about the whereabouts of their missing colleague.
Comrade Nwangwu who described Chiaghana as a workaholic person, said he (Chiaghana) had done so much in the area of ensuring uninterrupted internet services in the University, saying that it could be any of them.
‘He is always on top of the buildings working. He doesn’t joke with his job. We are missing him. He has been be sorely missed. We want him released. We need to hear that he has been released. We are praying fervently for his release,’ she said.
Responding, the representative of the government, the Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, assured the protesters of the release of their missing colleague, noting HOWEVER that he was not in government’s custody.
He said they were working round the clock to ensure that he returned alive, noting that they were in touch with the university Management.
Prof. Chukwulobelu regretted that such incident could take place in a State like Anambra, stating that all relevant authorities had been briefed on the possible way to clamp down on the abductors.
‘It is very regrettable and painful when one of our own goes missing for a very long period of time. You will feel sad. We are aware he has been missing. He is not in our custody. Arrest has been made.
‘I did have a discussion with the VC and I sent him a very detailed report on the 7th of this month. The family is aware of where we are. The case is alive. Investigation is ongoing. The nature of this abduction is complicated. We have made headway. The family is in touch with the police. The govt and the police are working. There are cases that take too long to solve. It is active and alive. As soon it is concluded the family will be notified. It is very gratifying that you are showing concern over your missing colleague,’ he said.