German expat engineers killed in Nigeria

Published:  1 Jan at 12 PM
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Two German expatriate workers have been shot dead in Nigeria while travelling on a motorbike without security, reports German media.

The men, said to be in their mid-thirties and mid-fifties and from the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, worked with Nigerian construction giant Julius Berger, which bases its international operations in the German city of Wiesbaden. The German Foreign Office and its embassy in Abuja are still seeking clarification of the killings from authorities in the West African country.

A Julius Berger spokesman in Abuja said that two German expats were shot while riding a motorbike just outside the capital.

German newspaper Deutsche Welle’s Hausa language service, meanwhile, reported that the men may have surprised cattle rustlers as they were driving on a “powerbike” near Rinji village. The mountainous area, in the district of Buwari, has developed into a popular spot among outdoor enthusiasts.

In October, a German construction worker for Julius Berger was shot dead in the southwestern state of Ogun when driving to work. The gunmen kidnapped a second German, who was sub-contracted to the company, and released him a week later. It is unknown if a ransom was paid.

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has been located in Africa’s most populous country since 1965. It boasts 18,000 employees and focuses mainly on infrastructure projects.
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