Gunmen abduct Lagos varsity deputy VC in Nasarawa, demand N20m




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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos State, Prof. Johnson Fatokun, has been kidnapped.

Anchor University is a faith-based institution in Ayobo, Lagos, owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim left Lagos on Sunday drop off his two , who were schooling in the North.

He was said be returning on Monday when his vehicle was attacked by the gunmen in en route the airport return Lagos.

A source said the assailants were in uniform.

The source said, “The professor had dropped his 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, State, in the evening when they encountered the gunmen on the . The driver, however, manoeuvred his way and sped 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 were angry. That was how they whisked him away.”

Our correspondent learnt that the kidnappers had been speaking with some of the victim’s church in .

It was gathered that the gunmen demanded N20m as ransom.

“They are talking to his colleagues and some in the church. The negotiation is ongoing. We hope he will be released soon and unhurt,” the source added.

An official of the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the .

He, however, said were being offered for the safe release of the professor.

Fatokun is a professor of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, and was the pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, before joining the services of Anchor University in 2017.

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