Prof. Johnson Fatokun, the freed Deputy Vice Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, has narrated his ordeal after he spent three days under captivity at the hands of kidnappers.
According to Fatokun, the incident occurred on Monday in Nasarawa, after he dropped his kids off at school in Jos. He said that on his way back to Keffi at around 9pm, he (and some other motorists) came across the hoodlums who were dressed in military camouflage, after he had driven through series of both military and police checkpoints.
He stated, “We heard a gunshot at the back as the hoodlums came out in front. They blocked vehicles that had entered their trap and shot several bullets at my vehicle.”
“They asked everybody to come out and lie down. They requested my gun and I told them I did not have any. They searched everywhere and saw my ID card. They also took my ATM cards. They took me through the bush and asked, ‘Do you know what just happened to you?’ They said I had been kidnapped. They assigned some men to me.”
He noted that they called a senior pastor who is based in Keffi to pay a ransom of N20M if they wanted him back alive.
He narrated, “They went to somebody’s farm and harvested yam. They asked me if I would eat, but I declined. We slept in the open till around 5/6am then continued the trek to the mountainous part of the forest.”
“They switched on my phone anytime they wanted to continue negotiation with the pastor. When the discussion did not go down well at a time, their leader came and said they would transfer me to the Boko Haram camp and he was no longer interested in money.”
Anchor University is an institution founded by Deeper Christian Life Ministry.