Retired Air Vice Marshal, Sikiru Smith was abducted by masked Gunmen in Lagos on Monday, September 27.
According to reports the gunmen shot sporadically before abducting him while he was supervising a work at a site in Ajah, Lagos State and then whisked away in a waiting speed boat.
An SOS voice note shared by his driver, Corporal Odiji, the retired Vice Marshal battled with the gunmen before he was finally subdued.
A statement from the SOS voice note read;
“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.”
Smith is a cousin of former Inspector-General of Police and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.
The retired AVM Smith was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer in 1979 and had a highly successful military career, while combining soldiering with serious academic pursuit.