Unknown gunmen have Kidnapped Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd.), in the Ajah area of Lagos State.
Smith is a cousin of a former Police Inspector General and current Police Committee Chairman Musiliu Smith.
It was learnt that the retired general, who is currently the Chairman of Double Wealth Ventures Limited – a dredging and engineering firm – was supervising work on a site in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Monday when masked gunmen invaded the place and shot sporadically.
The gunmen had been said to have snatched and speeded away with the retired man in a waiting speedboat.
The retired AVM waged a fight with gunmen before he was subdued, according to an SOS voice notice shared by his driver, Corporal Odiji.
Odiji stated, “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.”
The Lagos State Police Command Spokesman, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, undertook to make inquiries and provide an in-depth reply in due course when he was in contact on phone.
Air Commodore spokesman Edward Gabkwet also promised to inquire and to provide further information.
In 1979 AVM Smith was appointed pilot officer in the Nigerian Air Force and had a highly successful military officer combining soldering with serious academic research.
He is a graduate of BSc, MSc, and MBA. He is a graduate of the University of Harvard and a fellow of many professional organizations including the Nigerian Institute of Administration.
Smith attended several military courses both locally and overseas which include flying and engineering. He was awarded numerous military decorations such as Distinguished Service Star, Pass Staff College (Dagger), and Fellow of the prestigious National Defence College.
The notable appointments he held include Commanding Officer Air Engineering Wing, Sierra Leone/Liberia; Commander, Nigerian Air Force Station, Calabar; Deputy Director, Air Engineering, Nigeria Air Force Headquarters, Abuja, Commander 333 Logistics Group, Kaduna, Commander, 401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Ikeja; Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Abuja and Chief of Defence Communications, Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
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