Nigerian police in central north Kogi on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of an expatriate by unknown gunmen at a construction site in the state.

State police spokesperson William Aya, who confirmed this to reporters in Lokoja, the state capital, added two police officers were killed while on guard duty on Obajana-Oshokoshoko-Kabba road.

The police spokesman, about 15 gunmen emerged from a nearby bush and attacked the construction site of A .G. Dangote Company currently handling the rehabilitation of the 45-kilometer Obajana-Kabba Road.

He said the abducted expatriate, Jose Machada, a Portuguese civil engineer, along with other expatriates and Nigerians, were inspecting the project when the gunmen struck.

According to him, the deceased policemen put up a gallant fight and resisted attempt by the invading gunmen to wreak further havoc.

The police spokesman, however, expressed regret that the policemen died in active service to the nation.

Aya said the state police had a raised a team, comprising men of special anti-robbery squad, mobile police force, Counter Terrorism Unit and others to comb the bush and rescue the victim. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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