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Kidnappers demand N200million to release ESUT Vice-Chancellor
The kidnappers of the Vice-Chancellor,Enugu State University of Science and Technology,Professor Cyprian Onyeji has demanded for the sum N200 Million as a ransom before releasing him.
Speaking to new men in Enugu on Friday, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aloysius Uzoagulu, said the family of the vice-chancellor informed the school authority about the development.
Mr. Uzoagulu said the institution would not be involved in the payment of any ransom, noting that it could only offer its encouragement to the family.
“I want to let us know that the family is into the matter and the university cannot go ahead of the family.
“The wife is there, the children are there, the close relatives are there and they are working hard to see that they do something for the release of their father and we go there to know how far and encourage them.
“So that is the much we can do. If anybody will assist the family, we can use this opportunity to call on the general public to help the family, get to them, console them, comfort them and pray for them.
“The situation is that Prof. Cyprian Onyeji has not gained his freedom yet. We are not into that negotiation as to know whether they have cut down or whatever. If we want to know the details, we get to the family.
The Deputy Vice- Chancellor further stated the wife will tell them or tell anybody how far they have gone with the negotiation.
Mr. Uzoagulu debunked media reports that the institution was on strike following the abduction of the Vice Chancellor 4days ago.
He called on students to return to school, adding that full academic activities would resume on Aug. 22 after the Sallah break.
On why the vice-chancellor was residing outside the school compound, Uzoagulu explained that the V-C’s lodge was under going renovation.
The deputy vice-chancellor, who said that the source and reason for the abduction was yet to be known, appealed to churches, fellowships and spirited individuals to assist the institution in praying for the urgent release of his boss.