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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Kogi: Gunmen attack community, kill two

Kogi: Gunmen attack community, kill two

Unknown gunmen have slain two people in Ogbe, Yagba West Local Government Area, Kogi State.

Allnews.ng gathered that the incident occurred on Friday.

It was also discovered that the shooters, who were armed with sophisticated weaponry, killed their victims without being apprehended by security forces in the region.

A source who does not want to be named told the Daily Post, “Some gunmen identified as Fulani reportedly murdered two of our active youths committed to community assignment around the general area of Oyi River before ascending Ogbe Town here in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State. 

“It is a sad incident that has thrown the ancient town Into mourning. Necessary activities are in top gear presently. Ogbe Town needs our prayers and support at this critical period.”

Senator Sunday Karimi⁩, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, condemned the recent occurrences of banditry and kidnapping in Yagba territory. He reiterated his prior plea for state police.

He urged the Kogi State government to start construction on the Egbe-Ogbe road in the state's Yagba West Local Council as soon as possible to improve accessibility.

The senator consoled the grieving family, as well as the whole Ogbe community.

When reached, Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP William Ovye Aya told the Daily Post that the Command has yet to receive a report on the incident.

Meanwhile, seven more students from the Confluence University of Science and Technology in Osara, Kogi State who had been kidnapped have been freed by Nigeria Police Force operations.

According to PUNCH Online, the bandits kidnapped some students who were studying for their impending examinations on Thursday night after breaking into the campus at approximately nine o'clock.

Three lecture halls were entered by the bandits who entered via the forest and fired shots into the air to frighten the students. 

SP William Aya, the State Police Public Relations Officer, stated on Thursday that the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had deployed the Air Component of Police Security apparatus, which consists of a helicopter crew specially trained for aerial surveillance, a monitoring team, and the state's Technical Intelligence Unit.

The deployment was “in furtherance of the ongoing rescue operation and to sustain the onslaught on the suspected bandits that abducted the yet-to-be ascertained number of students of the Confluence State University, CUSTECH, last week Thursday.”

The statement reads, “The reinforcement is in response to the IGP’s unwavering passion about protecting lives and property of all Nigerians, especially the safety of our Children in various Schools in the country.

"The diligence and indomitable spirit of the combined team led to the rescue of an additional seven victims, bringing the total to 21.

“It’s not over until it is over, so we should not rest on our oars. Instead, all hands must be on deck to ensure all are safely rescued and perpetrators are brought to deserved justice.”

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