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15 Gunmen Attack Construction Site, Kill 2 Policemen, Abduct Expatriate In Kogi

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Gistnaij gathered that  "the police in Kogi State on Tuesday 24th confirmed the killing of two police officers and the abduction of an expatriate by unknown gunmen at a construction site in the state.

Spokesman of the state police command, William Aya, told newsmen in Lokoja that Inspector Ezekiel Negedu and Sergeant Gini John were killed while on guard duty on Obajana-Oshokoshoko-Kabba Road.

Aya said John died on the spot, while Negedu died on arrival in hospital.
According to 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 45km Obajana-Kabba Road.

He said that 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 Aya, 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 Negedu and John died in active service to the nation.

Aya said the state Police Commissioner, Ali Janga, had a raised a team headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police and comprising men of Special anti-robbery squad, mobile police force, Counter Terrorism Unit and others to comb the bush and rescue the victim.

He said Janga had also visited the scene where he met with top officials and workers of the construction company on the incident.
Aya said Janga assured the workers of adequate security and promised to rescue the abducted expatriate.

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