Terrorists abduct 6 construction workers in Borno

Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists on Wednesday abducted six staff of the Borno State Ministry of Work supervising the construction of the Chibok-Damboa road.

The abductors also went away with three trucks used to convey sand to construction sites.

The victims were abducted near a village called Wovi, where the construction workers usually go to excavate sand. However, one of the abducted staff who was a driver of one of the Hilux official vehicles escaped unhurt.

The Chibok-Damboa road, which runs through the Sambisa forest axis, has been under construction by direct labour provided by the Borno state government.

A local source who disclosed the incident on Wednesday said, “It is unfortunate to inform you that six staff with the Ministry of Works, Borno State have been abducted by suspected terrorists while working on the Chibok-Damboa road today.

“Although, one of the abducted staff escaped, while the other 6 staff are still in the custody of the terrorists. We need prayers from all and sundry for their safe release. The abductors equally went away with three trucks used for fetching sand.”

The commissioner for works, Yerima Saleh, who confirmed the incident, said, “It is very pathetic to inform you that 6 of my staff mostly drivers were kidnapped near Wovi village while on duty along Damboa-Chibok road, likewise, three of our trucks including one of our Hilux operational vehicles were snatched away.

“We have informed relevant security agencies with a view to intensifying efforts to rescue the victims unhurt.”

This development is coming barely 24 hours after Governor Babagana Umara Zulum reiterated calls for speedy completion of the road before the middle of next year.during the presentation of the 2022 budget before members of the State House of Assembly.

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