Engineer Robert Gray shot dead while working in Nigeria

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that an Irish engineer has been shot dead in Nigeria.

Robert Gray, 45, from Westport in County Mayo was ambushed in an attack yesterday afternoon.

He had worked in road construction in the country for a number of years.

It is believed he was travelling to work in the south east of the country, near the Cameroon border, when the shooting happened.

Mr Gray's driver was seriously injured.

The Department says it's providing assistance to the Mr Gray's family.