Gunmen attack Kogi, Benue, Kill three police officers, others

By our reporter| The two neighbouring states of Kogi and Benue on Friday came under attack from gunmen who killed law enforcement officers and other citizens in daring attacks.

In Kogi state, the gunmen attacked a police station in the Eika-Ohizenyi area of Okehi LGA, with explosives in the early hours of Friday.

During the attack, a police inspector was killed while a section of the station was damaged.

The state police command spokesman, William Aya, who confirmed the attack in a statement,
said that Edward Egbuka, Kogi police commissioner, has visited the scene of the incident, and that additional operational assets have been deployed to the area.

“Meanwhile, part of the area command office was razed by dynamite used by the attackers,” Egbuka said.

“Sadly, a police inspector died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the area commander and a detachment of military in the area reinforced the scene of the incident and the attackers fled.”

The state governor, Yahaya Bello, has following the attack, directed the deployment of security personnel to the area.

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“The executive governor of Kogi state has directed the office of the state security adviser to mobilize adequate security personnel and equipment to the affected area to ensure watertight security and restore confidence in the citizens as the state government implements an effective action plan to avert reoccurrence, while also working closely with the security chiefs in the state as well as the people in the affected area,” Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner of information, said in a statement.

“We wish to appeal to residents of Okehi to cooperate with security agencies as necessary measures will be put in place to curb violent crimes in the area and also flush out the criminal elements bent on denting the security credentials of our dear state which is comparatively the safest in the country today.

“All the broadcast stations of the state have been directed to publicize the curfew for public enlightenment.”

Policemen, lecturer, others killed in Benue attacks…

In neighbouring Benue state, at least five people, including two policemen, a university lecturer, and two others have been killed in separate attacks on two Local Government Areas of Benue State.

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According to reports, the two policemen were killed in Yelewata of Guma LGA, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states, while the three others were gunned down at Jootar in Ukum LGA, a border community between Benue and Taraba states.

A villager, who confirmed the incident to a national publication, said the policemen were shot and killed while their guns were carted away.

A witness said the Jootar killings involved three friends whose names were listed as, Fred Akaayar, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State; Aondo Ayange Apever, and Shiaondo Kachina.

The three friends were reportedly unwinding at a relaxation center in Jootar when some yet-to-be ascertained gunmen who rode on a motorcycle shot at them.

The state police command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, told reporters she could only confirm the Guma incident.

“I received information about two policemen killed in an operation but I am yet to receive details please,” she said.

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