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Anchor University Deputy VC Kidnapped, Abductors Demand N20m Ransom

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Deputy vice-chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, Professor Johnson Fatokun, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nasarawa state, police say.

His kidnappers have demanded N20million in ransom.

He was travelling from Jos to Keffi in Nasarawa state on Monday when he was kidnapped by armed men at about 9:00 p.m. along Akwanga-Keffi highway.

Police spokesperson in the state, ASP Ranham Nansel, said Fatokun “was attacked by gunmen to an unknown destination at Kurmi Shinkafa village, in Kokona Local Government Area.”

Police has mobilised a search-and-rescue team comprising mobile police and anti-kidnapping operatives to rescue Fatokun and arrest his kidnappers.

The team is also working in collaboration with the Military, vigilante group and local hunters to rescue the victim, Nansel said.

A staff of the kidnapped, Mr. Umazayi Emmanuel who was with him on the journey said that they were approaching Garaku in Kokona when they the gunmen who blocked the road, shot sporadically and forced their vehicle to stop.

“When we stopped, they ordered us into the bush and started speaking in Hausa dialect. When I told them I don’t understand Hausa, one of them cocked the gun and wanted to shoot at me but ran out of bullet,” he said.

He said that when the gunman discovered that he was out of bullet he brought out his knife to stab him but he escaped miraculously, ran and hid himself in a drainage.

“While the gunmen were searching for me, soldier came and engaged them in a gun battle. In the process the armed gang fled into the bush with the professor,” he said.

He said that the abductors later called and demanded the sum of N20 million ransom for the release of the professor.

Professor Fatokun was a former Dean, Faculty of Science and Education and Head of Department of Mathematical Science and Information Technology, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma in Katsina State.

He is the Pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anchor University, Lagos, and Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences of the university.