Unknown gunmen have kidnapped one Peter Breunij, a German professor of archaeology and his colleague, Johannes Buringer at Jenjela village in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.
Kagarko is some kilometres away from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Breunij is said to be the leader of a four-man team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, working in collaboration with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and other institutions on the relics of Nok culture in Nigeria.
A witness, who was part of the team working with Germans, told newsmen that the kidnappers left two ladies who were with the victims during the time of their abduction.
“They started coming one by one, the first two came with machetes, then others came with heavy guns,” he said.
“There were many people at the site who were working at the time, so they ordered us to lie face down and started shooting 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.
“They made them to cross the road to the other side from where we were and began to lead them further into the bush.
“One of us who is a hunter suggested that we go after them, but only one of us agreed and the two of them crossed the road, chasing the gunmen,” he said.
“When the kidnappers realised that the two men were following them, they turned and opened fire, killing the hunter and the other man”, he added.
Aliyu Usman, spokesman of the Kaduna State police command, was yet to react to this development as several calls to his phone were not answered.