Gawat, who is the anchorman of an Islamic TV programme during, E didè e ji sari, which is broadcast on Nigerian Television Authority Channel 10, was reportedly abducted around Apongbon end of Eko Bridge, Lagos Island on Tuesday.
One of Gawat’s friends, who craved anonymity, told our correspondent that the victim’s car was found but no contact had been made with his family. He, however, noted that the incident could still not be referred to as kidnap.
He added that the matter had been reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Division, which is very close to the victim’s residence.
The Police Public Relations Officer, in the state, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone, adding that the police had commenced investigations into the matter.
She however said the matter was being treated as a case of missing person and not kidnap or abduction since no one had contacted the family.
She said, “The Divisional Police Officer Adeniji Adele said the wife of the victim came to the station around 10am on Wednesday and reported that Gawat was missing. She said she spoke to him around 5pm on Tuesday and he said he was on his way to Ikeja for a meeting.
“She said she continued to call his phones when he did not arrive but his phones were switched off. Gawat’s vehicle was found at Apongbon end of Eko Bridge that same night and was recovered by Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials.
“Investigations have commenced into the matter and the police are working very hard to ensure that he is found. He is still presumed missing and not kidnapped.”