The Nigerian Army on Wednesday declared one of its officers, Lt. Gyan, missing after a gunfight with suspected militants in FESTAC, Lagos.
The army said in a statement by the spokesperson for the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt-Col. Olaolu Daudu, that Gyan disappeared after troops under heavy gunfire during a routine patrol of Lagos creeks, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The army was reacting to reports that Gyan was kidnapped by the militants.
Eyewitnesses had claimed that they saw Gyan being dragged into a boat by the gunmen after which they sped off to an unknown destination.
Daudu said: “The officer got missing in action when troops came under heavy ambush during routine patrol of Lagos creeks. I will like to state that no officer was kidnapped.
“However, while on routine patrol of the creeks around Abule-Ado, Festac Town area in Lagos, troops came under heavy gunfire in an ambush. They were able to fight their way out of the ambush during which the said officer got missing-in-action (MIA). Efforts are ongoing in search of the missing personnel. Troops remain resilient and focused in search of their MIA colleague.’’