Armed men on Saturday, June 11, 2022 whisked away an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Prof Jachimike Adiele as he alighted from the studios of a radio station in Owerri, Imo State.
The former Professor of Education at Novena University, Ogume, Delta State was however let off the hook after some hours.
The management of the station announced his abduction in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
The statement reads; “After the programme “The Forum”, some unidentified armed men stormed the premises of Boss radio, Owerri and abducted the co-host of the forum, Prof Jachimike Adiele to an undisclosed location.
“We cannot confirm his whereabouts or his present state.
“We implore the law enforcement agencies to please come to our rescue”.
Speaking on telephone shortly after his release, Prof Adiele, who co-hosts “The Forum” at Boss 98.9FM Owerri disclosed that he was arrested over the facts he marshalled out during the programme.
He said; “They came after me because of the facts I marshalled out during the programme. But I wouldn’t want to get into further discussion on the matter. However, I have been released”.
Prof Adiele co-hosts the programme with Ijeoma Harriet.
Prof Adiele, a former Mayor of Owerri Municipality regretted that none of the two major political parties ceded its ticket to the South East geo-political zone for the 2023 presidential election.
He agreed with ex-Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu that the APC which motto emphasizes justice and the Peoples Democratic Party were unjust to the South East region.
The lecturer however advised the region not to despair but to keep hope alive by bonding more and reaching out to other parts of the country to buy into the candidacy of former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi on the platform of the Labour Party, LP.
He equally expressed happiness at the large number of people trooping out to register to obtain their Permanent Voters Card, PVC to enable them to exercise their franchise in 2023.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam didn’t respond to an enquiry made in respect of the arrest as at press time.