University of Lagos reacts to arrest of Professor Austin Nwagbara

University of Lagos reacts to arrest of Professor Austin Nwagbara

The University of Lagos branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the arrest of Professor Austin Nwagbara, a Nigerian, who until his dismissal, was with the University of Education, Winneba.

It warned of reciprocal consequences on Ghanaians in Nigeria if the professor is harmed in any way.

Professor Nwagbara has been charged with breach of peace, following the leak of a video tape in which he was seen allegedly inciting a group of people.

University of Lagos reacts to arrest of Professor Austin Nwagbara

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The statement from ASUU, signed by its chairman, Dele Ashiru, revealed that the news of the professor’s arrest has been met with anguish.

Per a classfmonline.com report, it added that reports of harassment, intimidation and detention of the professor has not been received well.

The union indicated that regardless of the opinion of the professor on the issues raised in the video, his view should be understood in the context of academic freedom.

Academic freedom, the statement went on, is guaranteed by articles 3 and 4 of the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility.

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For that reason, the union called on the authorities of the University of Education, Winneba, relevant government agencies and the people of Ghana to ensure Professor Nwagbara’s safety.

In a related development, the Igbo king of the Nigerian community in Ghana, His Royal Majesty Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, has revealed that millions of Ghanaians living in Nigeria are also breaking laws in the country.

Adomonline.com reports that Chief Ihenetu pointed out that the Ghanaians do not have passports and are trading in retail markets in Nigeria, but are not being hounded, because they believe in brotherliness.

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