City of Calabar

…demands unconditional release of victims

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed concern over the worsening security situation in the University of Calabar (UNICAL) following the kidnap of three residents in the staff quarters by gun men.

Academic and non-academic staff in the institution now live in fear with most residents of UNICAL staff quarters forced to abandon their homes due to the high level of insecurity in the university.

Reacting to the incident, the Calabar Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) expressed concern over the ‘general insecurity’ in UNICAL.

In the statement jointly signed by the Zonal coordinator, Prof. Nsing Ogar; Dr. Tony Eyang (Chairman, UNICAL), Dr. Emmanuel Etta (Chairman, CRUTECH) Dr. Aniekan Brown (Chairman, UNIUYO) Dr. Ime Okop (Chairman, AKSU) Arch. Ochi Ejimofor (Chairman, ABSU) and Prof. Ndubuisi Idenyi (Chairman, EBSU) the union noted that ‘the ugly situation in the University has generated an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty with a devastating impact on teaching and learning.’

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According to the union, “these kidnappings in UNICAL remind us of not only the increasingly alarming insecurity across the country but also the danger that academics are exposed to.”

The ASUU officials’ also noted that ‘the pain and sadness amongst the families ever since this regrettable development have been deep and the impact on the University devastating.’

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They blamed the high crime rate in UNICAL on the ‘porous security’ on campus adding that ‘the confidence of members of the community can only be restored by adequate security presence in strategic places and effective intelligence gathering in the University and its environs.’

“We therefore call on the University of Calabar, the Cross River State Government and security agencies to do all within their powers and secure the urgent release of our beloved ones. This is the surest way to restoring an atmosphere for meaningful academic activities in the University.”

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Three members of the university community were on Monday (May 3, 2016) abducted from their homes at the university staff quarters by unknown gun men.

Mrs. Nancy Ndifon, wife of Dr. Okey Ndifon, a lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine in the university and his daughter, Miss Oyebah Ndifon were abducted from their residence in the staff quarters.

The son of a Deputy Registrar in the university, Dr. David Ekpenyong Iniama (a Medical Doctor) was also abducted and the victims are still being held by the kidnappers.