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Maersk Nigeria confirms attack on Tohouo, managing director, and family in Lagos 

Mohammed Adamu

A.P. Moller–Maersk Monday announced an attack on Gildas Tohouo, managing director of Maersk Nigeria and the murder of his wife in their residence in Ikoyi, Lagos on the evening of Sunday 8 December 2019, as the Police confirmed arrest of two suspects over the incident.

Bala Elkana, the spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, told BusinessDay on Monday that two suspects had been arrested.

“Two suspects, Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, have been arrested. They have confessed to the crime,” he told BusinessDay.

Tohouo is a Cameroonian while the late wife was white. He lives on Lugard Road, Ikoyi, one of the areas presumed to be highly secured.

“We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria during the evening of 8 December 2019,” said Richard Smith, in a statement signed for Maersk Nigeria.

According to him, “Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy,” says David Williams, Regional managing director of Africa for A.P. Moller – Maersk.

He said that the relatives of the family were in the process of being notified while the relevant authorities are investigating the incident and Maersk was supporting the investigation in every possible way.

Two knives used in the attack were recovered, Elkana said, explaining that the suspects would be charged to court.