A former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dipo Fasina, popularly known as ‘Jingo,’ has been declared missing.
He is said to have been missing since Saturday, 1 July.
The incumbent President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed the development on Sunday.
Mr Fasina, 76, was travelling to Algeria reportedly at the invitation of the Algerian government when he was said to have missed his connecting flight from Istanbul, Turkey. His whereabouts have since remained unknown.
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also confirmed the development.
She stated that her organisation is aware and “we are working on it.”
A scholar, activist, and unionist, Mr Fasina taught Philosophy for 34 years at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, which he joined in 1979 after returning from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he bagged his PhD certificate.
A trustee of ASUU and the Chairperson of the Joint Action Front (JAF), a coalition of labour movements and civil society organisations championing pro-people struggles in Nigeria, Mr Fasina was born to the Ashogbon royal family of Lagos.
He was nicknamed Jingo by his students as the favourite name he used to cite examples in his crowded classes.
He was also credited with having founded the Philosophy department at Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), where he was said to have donated his entitlements to establish a library.
Since his retirement from OAU, Mr Fasina has taught Philosophy across some Nigerian universities.