By Esther Onyegbula

Unknown gunmen have reportedly kidnapped retired Air Vice Marshal Smith in Lagos.

AVM Smith (rtd) was kidnapped around 6pm on Monday at site near Blenco Mall on Addo Road Ajah area of Lagos.

It was learned that the gunmen who fired shot sporadically into air abducted AVM Smith while his driver was running errands.

According to eyewitness, heavy gunshot rented the air as the gunmen shot sporadically forcing people to scamper for safety, while Blenco shopping mall shut their entrance door.

Meanwhile, Police confirmed the kidnap of Mr. Samuel Ben, councillor representing Ward 6 Central in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Eket.

He said the victim was kidnapped at the premises of his fuel station on Saturday, September 25 at about 8p.m.

A family members said he was taking stock of the day’s business when the gunmen struck.

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On the Air Vice Marshall’s kidnap in Lagos, it was gathered that the gunmen, after kidnapping the victim, escaped in a speedboat through the waterways.

In a distress voice note sent by his driver, Corporal Okdiji who is attached to retired AVM Smith, he was heard saying, “they have kidnapped Air Vice Marshal Smith from the site where we are. Some gunmen wearing mask kidnapped him.

“They were shooting everywhere. I was fixing oga’s vehicle, when it happened. On my way back I saw them.

“They went on a boat through the water, I ran to the site I saw oga’s glass and where he struggled with them before they took him.

“The moved from Pump and sell at Blenco area in Ajah, en route towards Ikorodu area through the water.”

When contacted, the spokesperson Lagos State Police Command CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu said he would get back to the reporter later.

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