The Nigerian police said they have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers of two German archeologists, abducted in Kaduna state on 22 February.
Johannes Behringer and Professor Peter Breunig were abducted by gunmen at Janjala area of Kagarko LG area of Kaduna state.
Both were working in collaboration with National Commission for Museum and Monuments on the relics of NOK Culture in Nigeria in an excavation site at Janjala.
Two months after, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said he has deployed Special Police Forces comprising the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the Anti Kidnapping Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Police Mobile Force, Police Surveillance Helicopters and Special Investigation Team to look for the Germans and their kidnappers.
The rescue team is under the Command of the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
“The team is already on the ground working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command and the local indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where these German Archaeologists were kidnapped”, said the police.
“Though the two (2) Germans archaeologists have Police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre they did not go with the Policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.
“Two (2) locals in the company of the Germans archaeologists were killed during the kidnap attack.
“The Special Forces and Police Investigators deployed are in contact with the colleagues of the victims and have provided additional security for their safety.
” In order to achieve prompt result, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department has also been mandated to coordinate the investigation aspect of the operations.
“The Nigeria Police Force while assuring all Nigerians and foreign Nationals in the country of their safety, the Force wishes to implore them to always request and obtain Police escort to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining and related endeavours outside the towns and cities across the country.
*Story updated with the right date of the kidnapping. Not December 22 as first published.