Worried by the threat to the security and safety of teachers in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, occasioned by the kidnap of their colleague, Mrs Elizabeth Urevbu, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the area has embarked on a week warning strike, demanding the unconditional release of their colleague. Mrs Elizabeth Urevbu was reportedly kidnapped five weeks ago at Awhire Secondary School, Awirhe-Agbarha-Otor during school hours alongside an engineer, whose identity was not known at press time.
The engineer, according to a dependable source who does not want his name in print, was released few days after the incident. The union, in a communiqué at the end of its emergency meeting, said: “The branch council in session, equally frowned at the way and manner the Delta State security operatives are handling the matter, especially the Delta Police Command, five weeks into the kidnap of our colleague.” The union urged security operatives in the state to step up effort towards securing the immediate release of Mrs Elizabeth,” adding that the strike was in obedience to the directive of the state wing of the union.
The state of security in Nigeria is really appalling with kidnap and terrorism having a field day without opposition. Why are the States and Federal Governments just folding their hands and watching, helplessly, for?