Described by many as easy going, hardworking, godly and amiable, Alhaji Rasak Aremu Gawat, ace Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, presenter, has been missing for more than one week. To be precise, he was declared missing penultimate Wednesday when the case was reported to the police.
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Gawat, anchorman of an Islamic programme on television, was said to have left home for the office on that fateful Wednesday, but did not return home. His vehicle was later found abandoned on Apongbon Bridge, Lagos Island.
Consequent upon this, family members, relatives, friends and well wishers have continued to express fear on the possibility of finding Gawat alive, hence the declaration of daily fasting and praying for divine intervention.
The presenter’s wife, Fatimat, and son, Jubril, have sent passionate pleas to whoever might be in possession of their breadwinner to release him. Also, repeated calls to his phone line have remained unsuccessful.
The wife, in tears, begged thus: “We ask for forgiveness from whoever he might have offended unknowingly. Anyone that may have seen him should immediately, kindly, contact the nearest police station or better still the family members or any NTA office for appropriate action.”
Last week, Lagos State House of Assembly, led by Rt Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji, directed the police to find Gawat. Meanwhile, the General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Managing Agency, LASTMA, Engr. Babatunde Edu, has explained how the agency recovered the abandoned vehicle of the missing television presenter on Apongbon Bridge.
Worried by the development, Governor Babatunde Fashola has appealed to residents and well meaning Nigerians who have information regarding the whereabouts of Gawat to come forward with it.
Fashola, who made the appeal while speaking to newsman, said that such information will aid investigation by the police and the state government on the issue. The governor added: “So, anybody who has any information that may lead us to him, let us know. My number is 08034301122”.