At least two people were shot while three Chinese expatriates working at the Sino-Hydro Electric Power Dam, Zungeru in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State, were abducted in a recent attack.
It was gathered that bandits attacked officials working on a transmission line tower along Gussase village on Tuesday evening.
The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the abduction.
Also confirming the attack, the Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said a Chinese expatriate and a local staff were shot while some Chinese expatriates were missing after security personnel engaged the bandits in a gun duel.
“On 04/1/2022 at about 1630hrs, suspected armed bandits attacked workers of Sino-Hydro Power Dam. The workers comprised of some Chinese expatriates and local staff who were attacked while working on transmission line tower along Gussase village.
“However, Police tactical team attached to the facility engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel while four of the expatriates were rescued with one of them and a local staff sustaining bullet injury and taken to hospital for medical treatment.
“In the process of scampering for safety during the gun duel, three among the expatriates could not be accounted for presently.”
The police’s spokesman said a joint Police and military tactical team at Zungeru were already on an aggressive manhunt of the hoodlums.
The $1.3 billion 700 Mega Watts electricity project is to be commissioned in four phases in 2022.
The Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project being constructed by a Consortium of CNEEC and SINOHYDRO is a 700 megawatts (940,000hp) hydroelectric power plant under construction in Niger State, Nigeria.
The project will be the second-largest hydroelectric power project in the country after the 760 megawatts Kainji power project.
It is one of the biggest power projects in Africa.