Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria
January 20, 2021
Prof. Johnson Fatokun, the abducted Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos State, has regained his freedom.
The Assistant Registrar Strategy and Communications, Anchor University, Mr. Okesola Sanusi, confirmed this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Wednesday.
Sanusi said in a text message to PUNCH correspondence, “DVC released! To the glory of God, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Anchor University, Prof J.O Fatokun has been released.”
Anchor University is a faith-based institution in Ayobo, Lagos, owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
Recall that it was reported yesterday that the victim left Lagos on Sunday to drop off his two children, who were schooling in the North.
He was said to be returning on Monday when his vehicle was attacked by the gunmen in Nasarawa en route to the airport to return to Lagos.
The source had revealed, “The professor had dropped his son at the Deeper Life High School in the morning. He also went to drop the daughter at a federal university in Jos.
“He was returning from Jos to Keffi, Nasarawa State, late in the evening when they encountered the gunmen on the road. The driver, however, maneuvered his way and sped through them. The gunmen started chasing the vehicle and shooting.
“There was another set of kidnappers right in front of them. They succeeded in stopping the vehicle. They beat up the driver, who managed to escape. The professor begged them for mercy because those people were angry. That was how they whisked him away.”
It was reported that the kidnappers had been speaking with some leaders of the victim’s church in Nasarawa.
It was gathered that the gunmen demanded N20m as ransom.