Gunmen kill 3 policemen, 5 vigilante members in Kogi
By Paul Michael
Gunmen have reportedly killed three police officers and five vigilante operatives in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the Kogi State.
It was gathered that the security operatives were killed while on the trail of some suspects, following a report at the Divisional Police headquarters by villagers that some people were using their farms for criminal activities.
Confirming the killings, the Security Adviser to Kogi Governor, Commander Jerry Omadara (rtd) said that the three police officers and five members of local vigilantes were killed in an ambush on Saturday.
Omadara said that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), acting on intelligence report that hoodlums had invaded some farms and engaging in illegal activities, mobilised officers in collaboration with local vigilantes and headed for the area.
“They were, however, ambushed and in the process eight of them were killed – three Police Officers and five members of the local vigilantes,” he said.
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Omadara, however, said that the state government will not rest until the culprits are brought to book.
He said that the state government under Alhaji Yahaya Bello has assured the people of the state of adequate government protection and Saturday’s incident would not be allowed to repeat itself.
In recent times, attacks by gunmen have become rampant in Kogi state. On Tuesday men of the Nigeria Police Bomb Squad were hurriedly drafted to detonate an object suspected to be an explosive device found in premises of the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) on Lugard road. The explosion created by the detonation of the object created panic in the area.
Also a leaked security memo by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Monday listed Kogi State among six other States including the FCT that terrorists and bandits have earmarked for attacks in the country.
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