Gunmen reportedly abducted 14 Indian nationals in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, Nigeria, on Friday night.
Two Indians were killed alongside two policemen and two drivers in the attack which took place around 9:00 o’clock.
“They were on their way home from work (West African Ceramics) when the gunmen attacked their Coaster bus yesterday (Friday) night,” an Ajaokuta resident said. “Their bus was ambushed by these gunmen. They were able to kidnap 14 Indians. Two police officers providing security to them were also killed.”
Reacting to the incident, the Kogi State Government said it was working with security agencies to rescue all those who had been kidnapped.
“Immediately the unfortunate report was brought to the attention of the State Government, our administration has spread our security net in working with the conventional security agencies and local vigilante groups to ensure the abducted children are rescued alive and the cowards who abducted them brought to book,” Kingsley Fanwo, Kogi State commissioner for information, said in a statement released Saturday. “In Kogi State, the life of everyone matters.”
He added: “The governor and the government of Kogi State understand that the number one responsibility of the Government is the protection of the lives and property of the citizens. The Kogi State Government will never shirk such responsibility.”
Spokesperson for Kogi Police Command, William Ovye Aya, said the police were putting measures in place to keep the state safe at all times.
Of recent, communities in Kogi State have come under a spate of attacks by gunmen.
Last week, gunmen killed three policemen and five vigilantes at Jidda-Bassa in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the stat