Prof. Johnson Fatokun, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors.
The professor was released last week after spending three days in kidnappers’ den, and according to him, he together with other motorists had driven past police and military checkpoints when he encountered the gunmen who were in military camouflage.
Fatokun told Punch that a junior colleague who was with him in the car, was beaten to a pulp by the hoodlums and left for dead for refusing to follow them.
The 55-year-old said the gunmen contacted a senior pastor of his church in Keffi and demanded N20m ransom. Fatokun said his abductors who walked him into the forest till around 3am, threatened to kill him if the money was not delivered the following day.
“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.”
He said after some discussions, the gunmen released him on the third day.