Unidentified gunmen, Wednesday afternoon, killed two soldiers and abducted an expatriate at a road construction site in Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
The incident was said to have happened as the expatriate engineer working with Al Madal construction company was inspecting Ikot Ibritam-Inen Ekeffe-Odoro Ikot-Ukanafun Road construction project awarded by the Akwa Ibom State Government.
A witness, Friday Idiok, told journalists that the two soldiers were killed while escorting the expatriate on a routine inspection of the road project along Idim Okpok mini bridge in Inen Ekeffe, the boundary between Oruk Anam and Ukanafun local government area of the state.
Mr Idiok said the gunmen whisked the expatriate engineer away immediately the two soldiers were shot dead on the spot and residents ran away for fear of arrest by security operatives.
“There were sporadic shootings here and before you knew what was happening, two soldiers were dead.
“The gunmen also escaped with the soldiers’ guns and took the expatriate to their hideout. Everybody here is in panic; we do not know what the government will do in this matter.”
Speaking on the incident, Johnson Obosi, the clan head of Inen, said the community was holding the burial of one of their sons, late Mr Udoimo, when they heard gunshots and the residents ran away.
“The next report was that two soldiers attached to an expatriate working on the road construction project that links my community with Ukanafun have been killed and the expatriate abducted,” he said.
Mr Obosi who could not establish the nationality of the kidnapped expatriate said soldiers from Ibagwa Army Barracks arrived in their ambulance and carried the corpses of the soldiers to the morgue.
Confirming the incident on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, Odiko Macdon, said that the command was aware of the incident and was working with the sister security agencies in the state to arrest those involved.