The council chairman of Ivo Local Government Area, Hon. Ogbonnaya Chukwu Ude, has stated their strong suspicions that the two Chinese expatriates kidnapped in the area were abducted by herders.

Ude disclosed that the kidnappers came through the forest between Ishiagu and Lokpanta in Abia state.

He said the company, Green filed Nigeria Limited, located at Ihetutu, Ishiagu is very close to the Lokpanta forest.

Adding that the abductors invaded the company on Sunday March, 29, and took the Chinese Nationals away through the same Lokpanta forest.

He said they are yet to receive any call for ransom, but assured that security operatives are in place to ensure that the kidnappers are caught.

Ude noted that the council is working closely with the security agencies in Ivo to ensure the victims are released.

“They came from the bush between Ishiagu and Lokpanta in Abia State. They invaded the company very close to that bush and surrounded the foreigners and took two people away through the bush.

“So we are suspecting the herders because they dominate that Lokpanta forest.

“We have not received any call for ransom yet, however, we are not folding our hands, we are mobilizing security forces in Ivo to track them down”, he stated.

The state Police command has confirmed the incident.

The police public relations officer DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident added that the command’s detectives have been mobilized to the area with a view to hunt down the kidnappers and rescue the victims unhurt.

“Yes something like that happened the police is investigating it. And our team has been mobilized to the area with the view to hunt down the kidnappers and rescue the victims unhurt.

“They were kidnapped at the company site Green filed Nigeria Limited , located at Ihetutu, Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi state.

”The incident took place around 11:40am,” she noted.

However, investigation reveals that the expatriates, Shen Gusmen and Mao Xinmin, working with Green field mining company Ihatutu Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State were kidnapped at about 11;40 am on Sunday March 29 at the mining site.

Recall that Ivo is one of the local governments with highest mineral deposits in Ebonyi State with over ten mining companies in the area.

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