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  • Updated: April 20, 2024

Security operatives neutralise drug kingpin terrorising Kogi community

Security operatives neutralise drug kingpin terrorising Kogi

Sumaila Ata, also known as Summy, a suspected drug kingpin, was reportedly killed in a recent gunfight with security personnel in Kogi State.

Allnews.ng gathered that security operatives engaged the suspect yesterday (Friday) in Ajaka, Igalamela/Odolu local government area of the state.

Hon. (Barr.) Cosmas Atabor, transition Chairman of the Igalamela/Odolu local government area, confirmed the occurrence, telling media that the suspect and security officers exchanged shots.

He stated that Summy was tragically murdered in the quiet town of Ajaka, which is part of Igalamela/Odolu Local Government.

According to the Tribune, the council chairman said: “This incident casts a shadow over our community’s reputation. Let us pray for the soul of the deceased and positive change among our youth.

“What truly stands out is that Sumaila Ata had been a target of security agencies, repeatedly evading capture until his demise. On April 19, 2024, the agencies received credible intelligence that he had received a large shipment of illegal drugs for distribution to unsuspecting youths. Swift action was taken to prevent further harm to our community.

“When security agents tracked him down, members of his gang tried to obstruct his arrest, while he attempted to escape on a red motorcycle. During the pursuit, he brandished a weapon, leading to his fatal shooting by the agents. (Attached are images of his motorcycle, weapons, and related evidence).

“While regrettable, this incident underscores the crucial work of our security agencies in combating crime for the well-being of our people.

"I must clarify misinformation spread by Opaluwa Omera alleging that I provided a list of individuals for “liquidation” by security agencies. This is entirely false. The agencies acted based on credible intelligence to apprehend Sumaila Ata. There is no such list. I am committed to peace and non-violence and urge caution in spreading unverified information.”

Atabor once again expressed sympathy for the deceased's family and asked them to join the community in eradicating drug-related crimes and other social problems in their village, Kogi State, and Nigeria as a whole.

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