The Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the abduction of Rtd Air Vice Marshal (AVM ) Sikiru Oladimeji Smith, at a work site in Ajah on Monday.
According to the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command is aware of the Ajah incident and is working to secure his release.
Smith, a former Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Airforce and cousin to the current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, was reportedly whisked away by masked gunmen, who invaded a site in Ajah, where he was supervising a construction work.
In a one minute SOS voice by his driver, Corporal Odiji, Smith was kidnapped around the Blenco area and was taken in a speedboat.
He said: “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 leaving on a boat through the water. I was not armed. So, I ran to the site and found Oga’s glasses and evidence he struggled with them before they overpowered him.
“Please, somebody should pass the message. They went from the Blenco area in Ajah and rode towards the Ikorodu area on the water.”
The retired general is currently the Chairman of Double Wealth Ventures Limited, a dredging and engineering firm in Lagos and had recently advocated the use of drones as security surveillance in combating crimes across the states.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, has promised to make inquiries and provide information on the incident.
Also, one Ogbuagu Kingsley Kachi, was reportedly kidnapped at the frontage of a Catholic church on Sunday in Festac Town, Lagos.
According to a report, the abductors, said to be three in number, arrived the church around 11:00a.m. on Sunday and whisked him away in a Lexus vehicle suv.
In a facebook post, the abductee said: “ I have just been dragged into a Lexus jeep and pushed inside the back by three guys wearing masks with guns after packing to enter the church. Please help me reach my family, they don’t look like policemen.
After his abductors released him, he said: “I’m safe and home, just frozen and traumatised.
But Ajisebutu claimed that only one person was kidnapped in Lagos on Monday.He dispelled the rumour that three persons were abducted in the state.
A report circulated online had claimed: “kidnappers on rampage in Lagos: Lagos witnessed three high profile kidnapping incidents yesterday as gunmen kidnapped AVM Smith in Ajah, A couple in Dopemu, Agege and another victim on Admiralty Way, Lekki, who was on his way home from work.
But Ajisebu said: “I can tell you that I am aware of a kidnapping incident that took place in Lagos on Monday, and it happened in the Ajah area of the state. I can tell you that we are on the matter.
“Please, ignore the rumour that it was three persons that were abducted.