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Masked gunmen have abducted retired Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

The gunmen were said to have whisked the retired general away in a waiting speedboat and sped away.

“We are aware,” police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu told The Guardian when asked about the kidnap.

Corporal Odiji, Smith’s driver, in an SOS message, said the retired AVM engaged in a struggle with the gunmen before he was subdued, The Punch reported.

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“This is an emergency. I am Corporal Odiji attached to Air Vice Marshal Smith,” Odiji said. “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 Guardian)