Crime

Police launch manhunt for kidnappers of don

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Police Command has launched manhunt for the abductors of a university don, Prof. Johnson Fatokun, who was kidnapped recently along Akwanga/Keffi federal highway in Nasarawa State.

Professor Fatokun, who was said to have be driving from Jos the Plateau State capital, was ambushed around  Keffi axis in Nasarawa State about 9:00pm and forcefully taken to an unknown destination by yet to be identified gunmen.

Confirming the incident, the Nasarawa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Ramhan Nansel, said a combined team of security agencies have been deployed to the bush where the incident occurred to ensure that the abducted university don was rescued unhurt.

“On 19/1/2021 at about 2245hrs, one Umazayi Emmanuel of GRA Keffi complained that at about 2100hrs, while on transit from Jos to Keffi, unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked him and his boss one Prof. Fatokun Johnson also of GRA Keffi at Kurmi Shinkafa village, Kokona Local Government Area and abducted the professor at gunpoint to unknown destination.

Upon receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc(+) mobilised a search and rescue team comprising the Police Mobile Force, anti kidnapping personnel, Military, Police patrol teams, vigilante and local hunters to the area for rescue of the abducted victim and arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

While commiserating with the family of the abducted victim, the Commissioner of Police also assured that, an unrelenting manhunt of the hoodlums has commenced while measures have been put in place to forestall future occurrence and called on members of the public to assist the Police with useful information that will lead to the rescue of the victim and arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

Prof. Fatokun was the Dean, Faculty of Science and Education and Head of Department of Mathematical Science & IT, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State and currently the Pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor Anchor University, Lagos State.

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