Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday killed a contractor with the United Cement Company of Nigeria, UNICEM, Calabar, Cross River State, and kidnapped three others, witnesses and the police have told PREMIUM TIMES.
The victims are staff of MacMahon, an expatriate firm working for UNICEM, a subsidiary of Larfarge Plc.
A witness, who pleaded not to be named for security reasons, said the gunmen, suspected to be militants, waylaid the contractor who were going to Akansoko, a suburb of Calabar, where UNICEM operates from.
“This morning, as we were going to work along Jonathan By-pass at Akansoko, we spotted suspected militants blocking a vehicle conveying MacMahon company staff,” said the source.
“As they stopped the car, they opened fire and killed the driver on the spot and then took four expatriates away.”
The source said one of the expatriates managed to escape before the gunmen took his four colleagues away.
He said the gunmen killed the driver when he attempted to escape, adding that hours after the attack, the man’s body was still lying at a spot near a major filling station along the bypass.
When contacted, the communication officer for Larfarge WAPCO, Viola Graham-Douglas, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES on the phone.
“One of our contractors, MacMahon, has informed us that a security incident has occurred on the road from Calabar involving some of their employees,” she said.
“MacMahon is working with security agencies to resolve this situation. MacMahon is like one big family, so this development is a very sad news for all of us in UNICEM.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Irene Ugbo, also confirmed the incident, and said investigation was ongoing on the matter.
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