Gunmen kidnap University Don In Nasarawa, Demand N20m Ransom


Police sources say the deputy vice-chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, Johnson Fatokun, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Nasarawa state.

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.”

Meanwhile, 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, 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 the abductors later called and demanded the sum of N20 million ransom for the release of the professor.

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