UAM Lecturer Escapes Kidnappers After Being Abducted

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A lecturer of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM),  Mr. Joseph Orsar , miraculously escaped his captors unharmed after he was abducted at gunpoint by unknown gunmen on Friday, last week. grapevine learnt that the 35-year-old man was kidnapped by unknown gunmen  around 5pm at his Federal Housing Estate home in North Bank, Makurdi. grapevine gathered that Orsar, who teaches in the Department of Wild Life and Range Management of UAM, managed to escape while his family members were busy making arrangement on how to source for the N30 million ransom earlier demanded by his abductors before he could be released.

Orsar was said to have run into Gbagyo village in Guma local Government where the Kindred Head of Nnanev, Zaki Orkpe Gbagyo later got in contact with one Dr. J. K. Ikya of UAM’s Department of Food Science and Technology.

It would be recalled that Orsar’s abduction which occurred around 5pm at his Federal Housing Estate home in North Bank, Makurdi house last Friday, provoked an outcry by both workers and residents in the area.

Chairperson of Academic Staff Union of Universities-UAM, Dr. Bemgba Anjembe, said Dr. Ikya subsequently got across to UAM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Kutcha, who arranged for security men that eventually rescued Orsar from the Village.

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

Anjembe, who noted that though Orsar had earlier been suspended from the union for anti-union activities, added that ASUU was empathising with him based on the union’s principle to defend the rights and legitimate aspirations of all citizens of this country.

He stressed that before now, UAM had been peaceful with no incidence of abduction He prayed there would never be a reoccurrence of such incidence again, urging his members to be security conscious at all times.

Anjembe said: “I 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 state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), ASP Matthew Oku, confirmed the report and his rescue, adding that investigation was still ongoing on the matter.




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