Retired general’s abduction: Police expand rescue operation to South-West states

Deji Lambo and Olufemi Olaniyi

30 September 2021

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As the abduction of Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd) enters day three, efforts to rescue him have been expanded to other parts of the South-West with the involvement of special police operatives in Ogun and Oyo states, PUNCH Metro has learnt.

Operatives of the South-West Security Network Agency, otherwise known as the Amotekun Corps, were also said to have been deployed to assist the police in combing forests to track down the kidnappers.

A police source who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday, said Ogun and Oyo states, among other states in the region, were working with the Lagos State Police Command to rescue the retired general.

“South-West states are now involved in the ongoing operation to rescue the retired general. All the special police operatives from these states will join forces with Lagos State to track down the kidnappers.

“Also, Amotekun has been directed to join the operation and trail the kidnappers on land, while the Marine Police will monitor situations in the waterways,” the source said.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, when contacted on Wednesday, said the police would spare nothing in rescuing the officer.

“We are on the matter; we have mobilised all our resources. Investigation is still ongoing,” he added.

PUNCH Metro had reported that five special police teams coordinated by the Lagos State Police Command commenced a search-and-rescue operation following Smith’s abduction at a work site in the Ajah area of Lagos on Monday.

His abductors were said to have invaded the site, shot continuously, forced him into a waiting speedboat and sped off.

As of the time of filing this report, there was no indication that the abductors had contacted the retired general’s family to demand a ransom.

The Commandant of the Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), said although he was aware of the kidnap, he had not been officially contacted to search for the retired AVM.

Olayanju, however, said Amotekun in the state would not spare anyone suspected to have participated in the abduction of the retired general

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