Two Nigerian police officers killed, Portuguese kidnapped at road construction site – Official

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The police in Kogi on Tuesday confirmed the killing of two police officers and the abduction of an expatriate by unknown gunmen at a construction site in the state.

The spokesperson of the state police command, William Aya, told journalists in Lokoja that Ezekiel Negedu, an inspector, and Gini John, a sergeant, were killed while on guard duty on Obajana – Oshokoshoko – Kabba road.

Mr. Aya, an assistant superintendent of police, said that Mr. John died on the spot while Mr. Negedu died on arrival in hospital.

According to the police spokesperson, 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-kilometre 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 him, the deceased police officers put up a gallant fight and resisted attempt by the invading gunmen to wreak further havoc.

He, however, expressed regret that Messrs. Negedu and John died in active service to the nation.

Mr. Aya said that 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 that Mr. Janga had also visited the scene where he met with top officials and workers of the construction company on the incident.

Mr. Aya said that the police commissioner assured the workers of adequate security and promised to rescue the abducted expatriate.



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  • FreeNigeria

    Welcome to Buhari Nigeria!!!!

    • Bigtin

      Sai Baba!

  • udoudo mama

    It is these kind of people that should also be rewarded given the nature of their job and not medical doctors who are battling against increase of others’ salary.

  • kreew

    Messrs. Negedu and John died in active service to the Contractor.

  • Omole Isiaka

    Kogi State has emerged as the worst Danger Zone in Nigeria – Many Security officers have been murdered.
    Few weeks ago, some security personnel were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.

    I think Federal Government need to get involved in addressing this terrible insecurity in the state.

  • deri best

    where is pope pius adesanmi

  • DanJ

    “Mr. Aya said that the police commissioner assured the workers of adequate security and promised to rescue the abducted expatriate.”

    Too little, too late for Negedu, Gini and the gone, but not forgotten in recent attacks in Kogi.

    • Omooba

      What assurance for God’s sake if not deception? A Police force so incapacitated in personnel, training, world class logistics and more importantly lacking right policing orientation, motivation and patriotism. Which Police in the world is our benchmark? A la accidental discharge, N50 rogers, wetin you carry, anything for the boys, etc.etc.