Two policemen attached to Dangote Company’s construction site, along the Obajana-Kabba Road, Kogi State, have been killed by gunmen.
The officers were shot while providing security for the Portuguese expatriates supervising road construction in the area while one of the expatriates was abducted and taken to an unidentified location.
The state Police public Relations Officer, William Aga, who confirmed the incident, said the gunmen were about 15 in number.
Aga identified the deceased officers as Sergeant Gini John and Inspector Ezekiel Negedu, confirming that the assailants also kidnapped one of the expatriates, Jose Machada.
“They engaged the two police officers guarding the expatriates in a shootout. They shot the two officers. One died on the spot, while the other died in a hospital,” Aga said.
According to the police spokesperson, the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to move to the scene to assess the situation and commence combing of bushes for possible rescue of the victim.
Janga also visited the scene on Tuesday and met with the management of Dangote Company and some expatriates saying the command was doing its best to rescue the victim.
“The CP has sent SARS, PMF, SIB and conventional policemen to rescue the victim,” Aga added.