- A military checkpoint in Kogi was attacked on Wednesday, December 23
- The attack was carried out by members of an armed gang
- The gang in the operation reportedly killed two Nigerian Navy staff
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Reports yet to be confirmed by security sources indicate that some unknown gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in the Okene local government area of Kogi and succeeded in killing two Nigerian Navy personnel.
Giving the information to newsmen, Abdulmumin Muhammad, the chairman of Okene LGA, said the gang raided the checkpoint and unleashed their attack around 7pm on Wednesday, December 23, the same day the officers (five of them) resumed duty, Daily Nigerian reports.
Part of a statement from the office of the local government chairman on this development read:
“Two officers have been confirmed dead and two were injured and currently receiving treatment in hospital. One officer escaped unhurt.”
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello had advised Nigerian youths to shelve the idea of another round of #EndSARS protests.
The Kogi governor was reacting to rumours of renewed #EndSARS protests scheduled to start on Monday, December 7.
Speaking at a press conference witnessed by a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja on Sunday, December 6, Governor Bello said he was unsettled by credible intelligence reports indicating that another round of the #EndSARS protests was brewing in select cities across the country.
He said every Nigerian should be worried by the spectre of another nationwide protest for any reason at all at this time.
“Not only is it true that the whole nation is still scarified and much traumatised by the violent aftermath of the last round of protests, but ground zero has changed drastically, and the rules of engagement this time around will no longer be the same.
“The last round of protests benefited from a police force subdued by embarrassment at the misdeeds of a few of their colleagues and simultaneously held in check by official directives, even from self-defence. Any future protest is likely to run into a police force still enraged by the vicious attacks visited upon her last time."
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