By; Amos Mathew, Kaduna.
Unknown Gunmen in Kaduna have kidnapped a German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunij and his associate, Johannes Buringer, at Jenjela village in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.
The Professor is the leader of a four man team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany working in Nigeria in collaboration with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and other institutions on the relics of Nok culture in Nigeria.
The two ladies who are members of the team were however not taken by the abductors.
An eye witness who was part of the team working in collaboration with the Germans said the incident happened when they resumed for work at a site at Jenjela village and had started working when five gun men appeared from the bush and ordered them to lie down.
“They started coming one by one, the first two with machetes then the others with heavy guns.
There were many people at the site who wee working so they ordered us to face down and shot into the air in order to scare people.”
“It was at that point that they asked the professor and his associate to follow them and they led them to the other side of the road, made them to cross the road to the other side from where we were and began to lead them further into the bush.”
The eye witness said at that point they were able do get up and to witness what was going on.
He said, “One of us who is a hunter who they snatched a phone from us asked us to go after the men but only one of us followed him and the two men crossed the road chasing after the gunmen.
“When they realized that the two men were following them, they turned and opened fire killing the hunter and the other man.”
The eye witness said the matter has been reported to the police at Kagarko.
The police public relations officer, ASP Usman Aliyu when contacted, said he would get in touch with Kagarko to confirm.