Gunmen kidnap two German archaeologists in Kaduna

By Musa Kajuru, Kaduna

Some yet to be identified gunmen have abducted two German archaeologists in the early hours of Wednesday in Janjala area of Kaduna State.

The kidnapped scholars, Prof. Peter Breunig, Mr. Johannes Behringer alongside killed two unknown indigents.

In its reaction, the Nigeria Police Force have asked foreigners visiting the country to request and obtain police escorts to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining, and related endeavours outside the towns and cities across the country.

The police noted that the researchers went to an excavation site with locals instead of the police escort assigned to them.

The police however noted that efforts are being made to search and rescue the two victims unhurt and arrest the perpetrators.

Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has deployed Special Police Forces to Janjala Village under Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State to search and rescue the two Germans unhurt and arrest the perpetrators.

“The team is already on the ground working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command and the local indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where these German Archaeologists were kidnapped.

Moshood further explained, “Though the two Germans archaeologists have Police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the Policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.

” Two locals in the company of the German archaeologists were killed during the kidnap attack.

The Force Spokesman also noted the special forces and police investigators deployed are in contact with the colleagues of the victims and have provided additional security for their safety.

To also achieve prompt result, the DIG in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department has also been mandated to coordinate the investigation aspect of the operations.

On the proliferation of arms and how it has increased the rate of kidnapping, Moshood said: “the IGP has directed that senior police officers should mop up arms and ammunition from unlawful hands.

“We have the prohibited firearms and the ones that people can use for gaming and others that are restricted but even then, they are supposed to obtain licence. He said they should mop it up.

“The crisis within the sub-region is a problem to Nigeria because there is conflict in Libya, part of Sudan, we equally have in Central African Republic and we have problems of insurgency. We are mindful of these facts and that is why the IGP has directed that the arms be mopped up.

On whether the kidnappers have contacted families of the victims, the police said: “the IGP acted promptly because the kidnap was done early hours of Wednesday and as I speak, Police helicopter is on ground surveying, combing all the mountainous difficult terrain to ensure that we rescue these victims.

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