Retired AVM Sikiru Smith who was kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified gunmen, has regained his freedom, the police stated in Lagos on Saturday.
Police spokesman in Lagos State, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the event when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He didn’t point out the place Smith was launched; the place he’s presently or whether or not ransom was paid or not.
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“I can verify to you that AVM Smith has been launched right now. That is all I can say for now,’’ Ajisebutu stated.
Masked gunmen kidnapped Smith on Monday on the Ajah-Badore Road, in Lagos State.
A “Save-Our-Soul’’ audio launched by his driver, Cpl. Odiji, stated Smith was kidnapped from a piece web site in Ajah, and forcibly whisked away in a ship that sailed in the direction of the Ikorodu space of the state.
In the one minute and 4 seconds audio, the corporal stated: “Good night home. Please, that is an emergency. I’m Cpl. Odichi, connected to AVM Smith. Oga was simply moved from the location we have been working. Some gunmen sporting masks simply got here and pulled him out of the location.
“They shot all over the place and took him away. I used to be close by the place he requested me to repair his car. I’m his driver. As I used to be coming again, I noticed them the place they went on a ship by means of the water.
“I used to be not armed. So, I ran to the location and located Oga’s glasses and the place he struggled with them earlier than they took him off.
“Please, someone ought to move the message. They went from `Blenco’ space in Ajah and sailed in the direction of Ikorodu space on water.’’
Smith is a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police and present Chairman of the Police Service Commission, retired I-G Musiliu Smith.
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