LECTURER'S MURDER?! Mass Resignation, Revolt Looms At Ondo Poly
This is not the best of time for management and students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, and if proper measure is not taken, the Ondo state government stands the risk of losing some of it's best hands.
In the last two weeks, the institution has become a fertile ground for mourning, sorrow and grief where condolence visits have substituted academic activities.
While cultists are breathing fire and brimstone against their counterparts on campus in avenging the gruesome murder of an ND 1 student of Public Admin a week ago, kidnappers are busy unleashing terror on the lecturers.
While the school's management were already scheming to commence the second semester exams that have been put on hold as a result of the incident, they were again contacted on Monday to come and identify the corpse of one of their senior lecturers at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary, Owo.
Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi was among four lecturers and two officials of the medical centre who were kidnapped on Tuesday December 4 on their way to Akure.
While others were released, the 53-year old Mr. Akinyemi was not lucky. He was brutally murdered by his abductors after failure to perfect his ransom.
Worried by the development, lecturers in the campus expressed the dangers ahead and threatened to resign if nothing is done to secure their lives especially along the Akure/Owo expressway.
Their agitations were made known on Monday during a condolence visit by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
A lecturer at the department of Mass communication who simply introduced himself as Mr. Gboyega said the campus has become the most terrorized zone in the state.
"Nobody is safe again. Our lives are at risk. If this could happen to our senior colleague, then we are all in danger. As things stand, if I secure an offer in a private institution where my security can be guaranteed, I will move on because it is my life first before the job. If anything happens to me, nobody will take care of my family."
On her part, a non-teaching staff of the institution, Mrs Grace Adesola claimed she had been told by her husband to resign.
"Apart from the fact that our security is no longer guaranteed, our salaries still remain big issue. Many of us have not been paid in the last six months. Working in the institution is no more conducive in term of security.
"I shuttle between Akure and Owo every day and that is why my husband is not comfortable especially with the present development. With or without the job, we can survive."
The state governor, who appealed to the lecturers however expressed shock over the incident and pledged to beef up security.
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