ASUU demands justice over killing of kidnaped varsity lecturer
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), is displeased with the manner the police are handling the case of Christiana Agbulu, a lecturer with the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, who was abducted last November 26 but found murdered last Wednesday, in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The union threatened that it may go the whole hog by embarking on a private prosecution of the suspected abductors that gruesomely murdered its member if the security agencies attempt to sweep the matter under the carpet and free the suspects.
Chairman of the Nsukka Zone of the association, Prof. Ukwoh Ikoli, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the end of ASUU zonal meeting at the weekend held at the Federal University, Lokoja. Ikoli called for justice on the murder of their colleague, saying their apprehension stemmed from the negligent way such cases in the past had been handled by the police.
The ASUU boss, who said the body would go to any length to demand justice for their slain colleague, urged the police to ensure that the culprits are prosecuted in line with the law of the land. He asked the police to conclude investigation on time and hands off the case if it knew it would not pursue the case to a logical conclusion.
Agbulu, a lecturer 1 in the Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, was abducted on November 26 but was found death last Wednesday by the police in Lokoja after his abductors had collected N100,000 ransom. Police, however, on Wednesday said three kidnappers suspected to be involved in her abduction and subsequent killing, had been arrested.
After weeks of frantic search for information about her whereabouts the police uncovered her gory decomposing body in an isolated area at the outskirts of Lokoja.
The ASUU chairman at the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Dr. Bemgba Anjembe, said their deceased colleague was buried last Friday at Effa village in Ugbokolo in Okpoku local council of Benue State, adding that a Catholic Requiem Mass would be held for the repose of her soul on Thursday, January 12 at the Parish of the Holy Name, Ugbokolo, Benue State.