Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked a marble quarry at Ugya village in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state, killing a quarry worker, Ibrahim Aliyu, and abducting another, Abdul Umar Ekuji.
A resident of the community, simply identified as Salihu said the incident happened around 4:43 pm on Monday.
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Gunmen armed with AK47 rifles invaded the quarry marble site, which he said was two kilometers away from the community.
Aliyu, who operates a marble quarry, had left for home but was alerted of the invasion.
“He just returned from quarry site not more than 20 minutes when he alerted that kidnappers have invaded quarry site,” Salihu said.
“He took two vigilante men on his motorcycle to engage them. So it was while on his way, when one of the kidnappers shot him in the chest and he died instantly,” he said.
He said some workers at the quarry narrowly escaped, but one named as Abdul Umar Ekuji, was whisked away at gunpoint.
Salihu said the remains of the deceased has been buried according to Islamic rites, even as he said families of the kidnapped victim were yet to establish contact with his abductors.
The spokesman of the Nasarawa state police command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said he was yet to get details about the kidnap incident, but said he would contact the DPO in charge of Toto local government council division and revert.