Gunmen have abducted two Chinese working at a mining site in Ebonyi. The Chinese are employees at Greenfield Metals Nigeria Limited, which specialises in lead and zinc mining.

 

The abduction was reported to have happened at Ihietutu, Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Wednesday at a mining pit close to the company’s offices.

 

Henry Ahanetu, Chairman of the company, said that the gunmen first shot sporadically into the air to scare away workers before proceeding to whisk away the expatriates, adding that the incident happened at the company’s mining pit at Ajirija mining site, 300 meters from the company’s Life Camp.

 

He said a formal report on the incident had been lodged with the police command in the state and that the company has not made contact with the kidnappers

“The unidentified persons bearing sophisticated arms stormed our mining pit at Ajirija and shot severally before whisking their victims away.

 

“We are yet to establish the identity of the abductors or where they came from,” he said. The police in the state have also confirmed the kidnap

 

Police spokesman, Loveth Odah said the victims were abducted on Wednesday at the mining site adding that the Police have commenced investigation into the incident.

 

“We got the information yesterday. A detachment of our tactical team was dispatched to the area with a view to unraveling the true situation and also to rescue the victims.

 

“The team is yet to return to furnish us with relevant information about the incident. But I can confirm to you that we received a distress call from the area yesterday informing the police of an alleged abduction of two Chinese working in a mining site at Ihietutu in Ishiagu community.

 

“We are waiting for information from our men before we can make informed comments on the motive behind the alleged abduction. For now, we cannot say if the abduction was for ransom purposes or not because the abductors are yet to establish contacts with the company,” she said

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