Ebonyi state police command has disclosed that two Chinese nationals from a construction site have been abducted by gunmen.
Spokesperson of the Police in the state, Loveth Odah, noted that the victims identified as Messrs Sun Zhi Xim and Wang Qinghu are employees of Tonyi Chinese Group of Companies.
Many Chinese companies engage in multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects in Nigeria and their workers have often been targeted by kidnap gangs.
According to Odah, the armed men, who hid their identities by wearing masks, abducted the Chinese workers in Ohaozara in Ebonyi State on Thursday.
“The victims were kidnapped at about 3:30 pm on April 24 and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ohaozara informed the state Commissioner of Police (CP) of the abduction from the construction site,” she said.
“They were abducted by a gang of masked armed men and the CP-led a team comprising of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (operations) and other tactical personnel.”
“We went to the scene and discovered that it was a vulnerable construction site, located inside a thick forest without any form of security; whether police or local vigilante.”
“This forest is situated near Ivo River at a boundary between Enugu and Ebonyi, and we thoroughly combed the area to trace the kidnappers and possibly rescue the victims. We recorded no results, but our tactical team has been reinforced in the area to track the kidnappers.”
Odah further appealed to the public to hint the police on any information that could lead to the rescue of the kidnapped Chinese unharmed.