Anxiety as suspected militants invade Kogi community


From Gold Rahman, Lokoja

It was a crimson Thursday for residents of Okofi, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State as persons suspected to be members of a militia group visited violence on the community and left sorrow, tears and blood in their wake.
In the aftermath of the invasion, unconfirmed report within the community alleged that three residents were killed while several others were wounded during a cruel gun duel which happened in the early hours of Thursday.
The Herald reliably gathered that the attack was carried out while worshippers in the community were observing their early morning prayers, with the Chief Imam of Okofi alleged to be among those killed in the early morning attack.
There has been rumoured running battle between two Communities in the area with a militia from one of the tribes allegedly suspected to have been behind the latest attack.
The Herald also learnt that the attack may not be unconnected to the recent killings along Kpareke-Agbudu-Agaga road by some unidentified gunmen.
Meanwhile, security personnel have been drafted to the area to avert further attacks.
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Kogi State Command, William Ovye Aya confirmed the attack to our correspondent yesterday.
“The Commissioner of Police Edeh Ayuba has directed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO to move to the area where the sad incident occurred to avert further break down of law and order. We are yet to get information on the numbers of people that was killed.
“We don’t know those behind the attack but the CP has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation to commence investigation on the attack and to ensure that the Police unravel those behind the attack,” Aya, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said.
It would be recalled that about seven persons were said to have been killed and several others injured by unidentified gunmen along Kpareke-Agbudu-Agaga road of the same local government area few days back.
Also in July, a similar attack took place in Agbudu community in Kogi-Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing 14 persons and injuring six.

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