It has been almost six months since renowned Professor of Nuclear Physics, James Olomo, suddenly disappeared while on a project for Mobil Oil Unlimited at Eket, Akwa Ibom State. Now, his family and the academic community has urged President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, to help in the search for the professor.
Olomo, a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, was declared missing in October last year.
The family of Olomo and Otan Ayegbaju community, his home town at a joint press conference at weekend enjoined well meaning Nigerians, especially security operatives, to assist in restoring the freedom of the professor.
Speaking on the issue, President of Otan Aiyegbaju Progressive Union (OAPU), Mr. Ademola Olawale, noted that the community and Olomo’s family had made several efforts to find the missing professor but to no avail, hence the call on the federal government and the police for assistance.
He said that the community had sent representatives to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command as part of efforts to find Olomo, adding that: “The police in Akwa Ibom State are trying their best but we are of the opinion that the presidential intervention in the matter will hasten the process of finding and release of Olomo.”
“Section 14 (2B) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the oath of office of the President provide the need for the president to protect the lives of all Nigerians no matter how little or big he or she may be anywhere in the whole world.”
He therefore urged Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Godswill Akpabio of Osun and Akwa Ibom States respectively to intensify efforts in the search for the don who he described as an illustrious son of Osun State and Nigeria in general.