Two Chinese expatriates working at a mining site in Ihietutu, Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has been abducted by gunmen on wednesday.
The abducted Chinese nationals are employees at Greenfield Metals Nigeria Limited which specialises in lead and zinc mining.
Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) on Thursday in Abakaliki confirmed the abduction.
She said that “the victims were allegedly abducted on Wednesday, June 3 at the mining site. But however, explained that the police were yet to establish the motive behind the abduction, adding that preliminary investigation had commenced.
She however, urged non Nigerian nationals working in any part of the state to ensure that they move about with armed security guards to prevent attacks and molestations from criminals and possible kidnapping or abduction.
The Chairman and managing director of Greenfield Metals Nigeria, Henry Ahanaotu, said the gunmen first shot sporadically into the air to scare away workers before proceeding to whisk away the expatriates.
He said that a formal report on the incident had been lodged at the police command in the state, adding that the abductors were yet to establish contact with the company.
“We are yet to establish the identity of the abductors or where they came from he said.
NAN recalls that kidnappers in March invaded the company’s Life-Camp at ‘Ugwuajirija’ and kidnapped two Chinese nationals, who later regained their freedom after an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.