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DELSU ASUU Wants Police Commissioner To Produce Abducted Lecturer 'Dead Or Alive'

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 09, (THEWILL) - The Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has charged the Delta State Commissioner of Police,Ikechukwu Aduba, to produce one of its members, Dr. (Mrs) Mercy Mokobia, who was kidnapped four months ago, 'dead or alive.'

Chairman the DELSU chapter of ASUU, Dr. Emmanuel Mordi,who gave the charge on Tuesday, while speaking with journalists, warned that his men would begin a fresh strike at the end of the ongoing ASUU national strike if the mystery surrounding the abduction of Mokobia, is not unravelled by the Delta Police Command.

Wondering why the police had not been able to track the abductors of the lecturer four months after she was seized in her bedroom at Abraka, Mordi threatened to mobilise his colleagues to embark on an indefinite strike until the abducted lecturer is found dead or alive.

Although, he commended the Commissioner of Police for trying his best in terms of security in the state, the ASUU boss said; "he must tell us clearly what has happened to the woman; where she is and whether dead or alive."

He however blamed the police for acting very late in the case, wondering why the confessions made by suspects, including a pastor, who were arrested on May 14 in connection with the incident, had not been used to rescue the abducted lecturer.

"May 14, the police arrested some suspected kidnappers; one was killed, another fled. Three girls were caught in a wardrobe after investigations, a pastor was arrested also.

"With these, we thought the arrests would unravel the mystery of Dr. Mokobia's whereabouts. Why has she not been found since then? Where is Mercy Mokobia? Our fear is that the worst may have happened to her," the ASUU chairman said.

Blaming the unhealthy rivalry between the police and the State Security Service (SSS) as partly responsible for the failure to fight crime and criminality on the state to a standstill, he insisted that Mokobia must be produced by the police.

The local chapter of ASUU had also petitioned the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to wade into the matter, saying they were running out of patience over the silence hitherto maintained by the state Police Command on the matter.