The abducted Deputy VC of Anchor University, a tertiary institution in Lagos owned by Deeper Life Ministry, Prof. Johnson Fatokun, has been released.
The Assistant Registrar Strategy and Communications, Anchor University, Mr Okesola Sanusi, confirmed this development to PUNCH.
“DVC released! To the glory of God, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Anchor University, Prof J.O Fatokun has been released,” Sanusi said in a text message.
The Street Journal had reported that the deputy VC left Lagos on Sunday to drop off his two children who were schooling in the north and 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.
A source had told The Nation that the assailants were in police uniforms.
“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 (the deputy VC) was returning from Jos to Keffi, Nasarawa State, late in the evening when they encountered the gunmen on the road. The driver, however, manoeuvred 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,” the source said.
It was gathered that the kidnappers were speaking with some leaders of the deputy VC’s church in Nasarawa.
Fatokun is a Professor of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis and was the pioneer Deputy VC of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, before joining the services of Anchor University in 2017.