Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria
January 19, 2021
Prof. Johnson Fatokun, the Anchor University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State, has been kidnapped.
Anchor University is a faith-based university in Ayobo, Lagos, owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
It was gathered that the victim left Lagos on Sunday to drop off his two children who were schooling in the north.
He was said to be on his way returning on Monday when his vehicle was ambushed by the unknown gunmen in Nasarawa en route to the airport to return to Lagos.
A source disclosed that the assailants were in police attire.
The source revealed that “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 equally revealed that the criminals had been speaking with some leaders of the victim’s church in Nasarawa.
A staff of the school, who request to remain anonymous, confirmed the unfortunate incident.
He, however, stated that prayers were being made for the safe release of the erudite professor.
The victim is a Professor of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis and was the pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dustin-Ma, before 2017, when he joined the services of Anchor University.