Militants Kidnap Expatriates in Calabar

Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, has confirmed the Kidnapping of no fewer than five people, including expatriates in Calabar, Wednesday.
According to the Commissioner, the police was currently working with the Nigerian Navy to ensure that the victims were released unharmed.
“The police is aware of the matter. Five persons were kidnapped; they include two Australian, one South African and two Nigerians. The driver of the vehicle was shot dead. The police will ensure that the victims are released unharmed,” he assured.
They were said to have been Kidnapped at the Idundu axis of the Calabar-Oban road by suspected militants in early hours of Wednesday.
The incident occurred around 6am when the foreigners and their Nigerian colleagues working for MacMahon Construction Company were on their way to work.
The construction firm is located at the Mfamosing Plant of United Cement Company Nigeria Limited in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The company is said to be one of the major contracting firms to Lafarge Holcim, owners of UniCem.
The workers, who were conveyed in four MacMahon vehicles, were escorted by a security pickup that had four armed policemen when they were attacked by the gunmen before the Idundu Bridge.
The armed police escort team could not salvage the situation while the attack lasted.
One of the foreign expatriate identified as Tim Croot, an Australian citizen, alongside the driver of one of the vehicles whose name was given as Henshaw, were said to have escaped, while another driver, Mathew, was killed in the process.
A statement issued by the Communications Officer of Lafarge, Viola Graham-Douglas, acknowledged that the kidnapped expatriates as MacMahon contractors.
Graham-Douglas said, “One of our contractors, MacMahon, has informed us that a security incident has occurred on the road from Calabar involving some of their employees. MacMahon is working with the security agencies to resolve the situation”, he said.

Author: News Editor

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