THREE days after the kidnap of University of Uyo (UNIUYO) lecturer, Dr. (Mrs.) Ime Udotong, her whereabouts is yet unknown, as the kidnappers have neither established contact with the victim’s family nor the police.
The Biochemistry teacher was said to have been trailed by four hefty-looking men last week Friday, who eventually whisked her out of her car infront of her residence along Idoro Road on the outskirts of Uyo metropolis.
This development has thrown most residents of the state into panic, as the issue of kidnapping has not been heard for a long time in the state.
However, the state Police Commissioner, Umar Gwadabe, has assured herfamily that the command was doing everything possible to ensure that Mrs. Udotong regained freedom unhurt.
He said the command does not encourage families to pay ransom to kidnappers, but could not say whether the kidnappers had contacted the family on the matter or not.
“Everything is being done to ensure her release from the hideouts of the kidnappers. This is one thing I will not want to discuss with you since we have launched a manhunt to ensure her release from the den of the kidnappers. If there is any development, I will let you know,” he said.
Speaking on the matter as it affects his member, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNIUYO chapter, Dr. Nwachukwu Anyim, said the union would take a stand on her abduction today.
“The only thing we know is that she has not been released by her abductors. We were told that the kidnappers have contacted the family members. By tomorrow (today), the union will take a stand on the abduction,” he said.
The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Ekpo, had also been kidnapped a few months after she took charge as the VC about two years ago.