Scores of gunmen were reported to have kidnapped a Air Vice Marshal, Sikiru Smith (retd.), in the Ajah, Eti-Osa Local Government area of Lagos State.
As gathered the abducted retired Airforce officer was a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.
According to an SOS voice note shared by his driver, Corporal Odiji, the retired Airforce officer engaged the gunmen in a struggle but was subdued.
“This is an emergency. I am Corporal Odiji attached to Air Vice Marshal Smith. They just abducted him from the site where we were working. Some gunmen who were wearing masks just came and snatched my boss now. They shot everywhere. I was near where I was fixing my boss’ vehicle.
“As I was coming, I saw them leaving in a boat but I wasn’t armed so I just ran to the site and I saw his glasses and where he struggled with them. Please pass this information. It is an emergency,” Odiji stated,
When contacted, the Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, stated that he was yet to be briefed and promised to make inquiries as well as give a detailed response in due course.
The Spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, also promised to make inquiries and provide information on the matter later.