Gunmen kidnap AVM Smith in Lagos


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Former Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Sikiru Oladimeji Smith (rtd) was on Monday evening kidnapped in Lagos.

This was revealed in an SOS voice note recorded by Corporal Odiji, the retired AVM’s driver.

AVM Smith is a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith.

Odiji said that the incident occurred around Blenco area of Ajah, where Smith had gone to supervise a project being executed by his dredging and engineering firm.

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He said that the hooded gunmen came in a boat and drove towards Ikorodu axis after abducting the retired general.

“Good evening house. Please, this is an emergency. I am Corporal Odiji, attached to AVM Smith. Oga was just moved from the site we were working. Some gunmen wearing mask just came, pulled him out of the site.

“They shot everywhere and took him away. I was nearby where he asked me to fix his vehicle. I am his driver. As I was coming back, I saw them where they went on a boat through the water. I was not armed. So, I ran to the site and found Oga’s glasses and where he struggled with them before they took him off.

“Please, somebody should pass the message. They went from Blenco area in Ajah and rode towards Ikorodu area on the water.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Lagos, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, promised to make inquiries and give a detailed response in due course.

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