Prof. Osadolor Odia, of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma, has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen at his farm at Egoro, Ekpoma, in Esan West local government area of Edo.
Odia, a Professor of Engineering and former Head of the Department of Mechanical, Engineering at the AAU, was said to be on his way to the farm when the incident occurred.
A family source, who pleaded anonymity, said the professor’s abductors had already made contact with the family asking for a ransom of N18 million.
“I can confirm that Odia was kidnapped today on his way to the farm and a ransom of N18 million was demanded by the kidnappers.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Edward Aihevba, said he received the news of the abduction as general information.
Aihevba stated that he had no details of how the incident happened.
Similarly, Spokesman of the Police Command in Edo, Kontongs Bello, said he was not aware of the incident and promised to contact the Divisional Police Office in charge of Ekpoma.
Source: Ashnews online
Coalition of Northern Groups has called on the international community to help Biafra state gain its independence from Nigeria.
The group, which comprises 52 northern associations, in a communique, by its spokesperson, Abdulaeez Suleiman, lamented the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, saying, “The world should keep in mind that by far, a destabilised Nigeria will certainly threaten the peace and security of entire sub-Saharan Africa.
“The CNG hereby resolves to call on our friends and the international community, the UK especially, to understand that our bilateral friendship is guided by the principles of sovereignty, promotion of peace and the standards that guide legitimate interference.
“Hence, their intervention, exclamations and actions should not be drawn to discountenance the effort of the Nigerian state to protect citizens from violence and terror.
“We finally wish to renew our request for the global community’s intervention in persuading Nigerian authorities and the United Nations to facilitate the final actualisation of the Biafran dream by the Igbo.
“The world should keep in mind that by far, a destabilised Nigeria will certainly threaten the peace and security of the entire sub-Saharan Africa.”
“In the South, gangs of armed IPOB militia, violent secessionists and an assortment of militant groups appear to sense a huge vacuum in the capacity and political will by the Federal Government to challenge them, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on the nation’s security assets and specifically on northern communities and individuals living as minorities in the South while the presidency wallows in deflecting the issue.”
It added that “is now taking a more ominous and repulsive form and context with an open declaration of violence and anarchy against other parts of Nigeria and the Nigerian State.”
Source: TG News