Gunshots in Kogi Communities, 19 Killed, Houses Razed

Gunshots in Kogi Communities, 19 Killed, Houses Razed

  • There is fresh tension in two Kogi communities where gunmen have reportedly launched an attack on the people
  • The report indicated that 19 people were killed in the attack, while the attackers reportedly razed several houses
  • The state police command has confirmed the incident, while the people called for more security in the area

Legit.ng journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Lokoja, Kogi—Two Kogi communities, Abejukolo and Agojeju Odo, in the Omala local government area of the state, have been attacked by unknown gunmen.

At least, about 19 people have been reportedly killed in the attack, while several houses, yet to be ascertained, were allegedly razed by the assailant.

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Gunmen have attacked Kogi communities, razed houses and killed 19 people
Tension in Kogi as gunmen attack communities Photo Credit: Usman Ododo
Source: Twitter

Gunmen launch attack on Kogi community

An eyewitness in Lokoja, the state capital, on Friday, April 5, disclosed that the incident happened on Thursday, April 4, when the gunmen stormed the communities in what can be described as a "reprisal", causing maximum damage, The Punch reported.

It was learnt that the bandits who were in a battle with the Agatu militia in Benue state were said to have extended their onslaught to the Bagaji, Agojeju Odo, Ajokpachi Odo, and its environs, destroying farm produce of the communities.

Kogi communities beg for security

A local who reportedly lost his wife and children lamented that the herders unleashed the attack on them, alleging that the people supported the Agatus against them.

Another local who spoke to journalists said he would not like to be mentioned and begged Governor Usman Ododo and the security agencies to come to their aid. They called for more security personnel to be deployed to the area.

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He noted that the police in the local council area had been overpowered and overwhelmed by the attackers. The state police spokesperson, William Aya, confirmed the attack.

Tribunal upholds victory of Gov Ododo

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal had upheld Governor Usman Ododo's victory in the November 2023 election.

Following the latter's withdrawal from the case, the court struck out the appeal filed by APP, one of the governor's oppositions.

After polling the highest votes, Ododo was declared the winner of the state guber election by INEC.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844

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