Gildas Tohouo Tohouo, MD Maersk Shipping Line Nigeria: attacked by bandits at home in highbrow Ikoyi

Multiple reports indicate that the managing director of Maersk Nigeria Limited and his wife were attacked by bandits in their Ikoyi Lagos home on Sunday night.

Gildas Tohouo Tohouo ,who heads Maersk operation in Nigeria is a Cameroonian.

He survived and has been hospitalised. He was said to have been seriously wounded.

However, his Hungarian wife, Bernadett Kurucz was killed. The woman from Dunaújváros had a career with APM Shipping, and Lite-On, according to snippets she published on her Facebook page.

The attack was carried out in their Lugard Avenue home in Ikoyi.

Gildas Tohouo Tohouo, right, his slain wife, middle and their children

Reports also said the police have made two arrests, in connection with the robbery and murder.

In an interview with The Cable, Police spokesman, Mr Bala Elkana confirmed the incident, saying Mr Tohouo and his wife were stabbed.

“The wife died and he is still alive and responding to treatment,” the newspaper quoted the police spokesperson as saying.

“Those who carried it out are in our custody. One of them is an electrician in the estate, who was assisted by his friend. Their aim was to steal from the man. They were there to rob.”

Tohouo who has been a long term staff of Maersk, serving in Guangzhou, China, Cameroon, was appointed into the position as MD in Nigeria in 2016. He also oversees Maersk’s operation in Benin, Niger, Togo and Ghana.

He is a multi-linguist, speaking English, French and German. After a Masters degree in Economics and applied management at University of Douala in Cameroon, he also attended the Maersk International Shipping Education.

Austyn Zogs, tweeted about the attack and the murder of Tohouo Tohouo’s wife:

“The wife of Gildas Tohouo, the Managing Director of Maersk line, one of the biggest maritime companies in Nigeria, was reportedly stabbed to death during an attack at their home in Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos state on Sunday December 8th”