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Date of Incident: January 18, 2016

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On Monday January 18, 2015, unknown armed men reportedly abducted Professor M.E. Ogburie, Director of Centre for Continuing Education, Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt. He was abducted from his hometown, in Elele axis, Rivers State.
Professor Blessing Didia, the Acting Vice Chancellor of RSUST, confirmed the abduction. As of this report, Nigerian police have yet to comment on the incident. The kidnappers have reportedly established communications with Professor Ogburie’s family, but the kidnappers’ motivations or demands are not currently known. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the abduction of a scholar.  In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, such incidents may contribute to a climate of fear in the scholar’s higher education community. State authorities have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators of violent attacks accountable.