By Ben Efe
Hope that kidnapped Athletics Federation of Nigeria medical director, Professor Ken Anugwueje will be released emerged yesterday, as the felons made contact with his family members.
Anugwueje, an often easy going man was taken by the kidnappers on Wednesday, as he made for the airport in company of his official driver, who was killed by the gunmen.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria president Solomon Ogba confirmed yesterday that the kidnappers have made contact and have demand for a N20m ransom, before the Professor of sports science could be released.
“I was with him till about 1.00pm Tuesday afternoon before I left for Warri. We were making arrangements for our camping in Port Harcourt.
“This is shocking and we can only keep our fingers cross as we wait for his release, “ Ogba said.
Anugwueje, is the University of Port Harcourt director of sports. He is also in charge of the IAAF sanctioned High Performance Centre, where Nigerian athletes and others from the West African region can obtain high standard training.
Nigerian athletes are expected to camp there in Port Harcourt in preparations for the 2016 African Championships and Olympics Games in Rio Brazil.