Two Chinese expatriates working at a mining site in Ebonyi State have been abducted by unknown gunmen.
The abducted Chinese nationals are employees at Greenfield Metals Nigeria Limited, which specialises in lead and zinc mining.
The incident, it was gathered, happened at Ihietutu, Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Wednesday at a mining pit close to the company’s offices.
The Chairman of the company, Henry Ahanaotu, said the gunmen first shot sporadically into the air to scare away workers before proceeding to whisk away the expatriates.
According to him, the incident happened at the company’s mining pit at Ajirija mining site, 300 meters from the company’s Life Camp.
Mr Ahanaotu, who doubles as the Managing Director of the company, said a formal report on the incident has been lodged with the police command in the state.
He said the company has not made contact with the kidnappers.
“The unidentified persons bearing sophisticated arms stormed our mining pit at Ajirija and shot severally before whisking their victims away.
“We are yet to establish the identity of the abductors or where they came from.”, he said.