Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello
Suspected kidnappers on Monday abducted three staff of the National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO) Ltd, situated at Itakpe along the Lokoja-Okene high way.
Daily Trust learnt that the staff were abducted as they were about entering the NIOMCO management building, after the second gate of ore rail line division of the engineering services department of the company.
The names of the abducted workers were given as John Job, Mohammed Tajudeen and Samuel Abiodun.
It was learnt that the abductors have since put a call to the chief executive officer of the company and demanded for payments of N30 million ransoms before releasing their victims from captivity.
Daily Trust reported that there have been recurrent cases of robbery attacks on staff of the company in recent times but this would be the first time workers of the company would be kidnapped.
Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, Mr Aliyu Suberu, who confirmed the incident, said the company management is liaising with the security agencies to secure release of the workers.
He appealed to the police to deploy more personnel and step up surveillance in the area in view of the recurrent attacks on company workers by criminal elements.
Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Yakubu said the Command is aware of the development and that his men are already working hard to rescue the victims from captivity.
He said criminal-minded elements are using the opportunity of the thick forests around the company to perpetrate their activities, adding its men have been mounting surveillance along that axis.
Source: Daily Trust