By Chukwudi Ejimofor
Two Nigerian soldiers were killed by unidentified hoodlums while escorting an expatriate on a routine inspection of road project along Idim Okpok mini bridge in Inen Ekeffe, the boundary village between Oruk Anam and Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The expatriate engineer working with Al Madal Construction Company was inspecting the Ikot Ibritam, Inen Ekeffe and Odoro Ikot to Ukanafun road construction project awarded by the Akwa Ibom State Government.
An eyewitness, Friday Idiok told newsmen 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 expatriate was immediately whisked away on the spot, while villagers scampered for safety.
“There was sporadic shooting here and before we 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 because we don’t know what the government would do in this matter,” the witness stated.
The clan head of Inen, HRH Obong Johnson, Johnny Obosi, who confirmed the incident, said “the community was at the burial of one of our sons, Mr Udoimoh when we heard gunshots and the residents began to run away”
When contacted Odiko Macdon, Police Public Relations Officer Akwa Ibom State on a telephone call he said “We have received information about the unfortunate dastardly incident at Oruk Anna, where Engr. Rami Al Hodwa, a Syrian national was abducted. We are working with our sister security agencies to identity, arrest and prosecute those involved”.