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Kidnappers release retired AVM Smith, Police says on trail of abductors

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A retired Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith, who was abducted five days ago in Ajah area of Lagos has regained freedom.

Smith was rescued from the waterside at Langbasa where his kidnappers abandoned him around 4am on Saturday by police operatives.

The masked gunmen who kidnapped the former Chief of Logistics of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) whisked him away in a boat to an unknown destination.

To ensure his safe rescue, the Inspector General of Police (IG) Alkali Usman deployed detachments of marine police operatives and special squads from Abuja to assist the Lagos Command.

A statement by the Eko Club and signed by its publicity Secretary, Mobolaji Ajasa-Oluwa expressed delight on the release of Smith by his abductors.

“The President, Hon. (Barr.) Taju Jaiye Agoro GCHB and the Executive Committee of Eko Club announce with joy to all well meaning members of Eko Club that offered sincere and earnest prayers for the release of one of our members Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Oladimeji Smith M/N 1246 who was recently kidnapped by gunmen that he has been released.

“We thank Almighty Allah SWT for answering our prayers and appreciate all our blessed members for the prayers and efforts,” the Club said in the statement.

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Also confirming the release of the the retired Airforce chief, Lagos Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu said Smith has been reunited with his family.

He said that efforts to apprehend the kidnappers were still on.

He said operatives had been on the trail of the culprits but were more concerned about his safe return.

“There are certain information I cannot give you but I am confirming that he has been rescued and reunited with his family.

“The operation started around 2am, he was eventually dropped at Langbasa waterside around 4am with some other persons.

“We will ensure the perpetrators are all rounded up,” Odumosu said.

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