Almost six months after the sudden disappearance of renowned Professor of Nuclear Physics, James Olomo, 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 renowned academic who teaches at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, was declared missing in October last year after he had travelled to Eket in Akwa Ibom State on the invitation of Mobil Oil Unlimited.
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.
The 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 made it clear 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.”
According to him, “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 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.
Also, younger brother to the professor Mr. Lanre Olomo, noted that the family had taken both spiritual and physical efforts to ensure the release of his brother from his captors but to no avail, stressing that the police and other security personnel are needed for the release of his elder brother.
He expressed hope that Professor Olomo was still alive though he said he had not communicated with any member of the family since he was abducted October 2013.