Six killed as gunmen, vigilantes engaged in gun duel in Kogi - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, October 31, 2022

Six killed as gunmen, vigilantes engaged in gun duel in Kogi

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No fewer than six persons were reported killed in Akpanyan Community of IgalaMela/Odolu local government area of Kogi State on Sunday following a gun battle between gunmen and security agencies.

The incident was said to have happened in on Sunday in the Akpanya community which is a boundary town between Kogi and Enugu state.

A source stated that the hoodlums, numbering around 30 came in their usual number in buses and started shooting sporadically in the town, making residents to scamper for safety.

It was further gathered that no sooner the hoodlums entered the community that the security agents, including the vigilantes advanced and confronted them in a gun duel .

"The melee that followed, led to the death of six persons, among whom were members of the invading hoodlums.

"The hoodlums managed to carry away two dead bodies of their members while retreating in a hurry to their state."

The Kogi State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (Rtd) who confirmed the incident  stated that the hoodlums coming from other states to terrorise the Akpanya communities have crossed the red line of the state, as such, they would be confronted with heavy hands of the state.

Omodara stated that the combined forces of security agents and the local vigilantes repelled the attack of the hoodlums from the neighbouring state.

He said governor Yahaya Bello has directed a total overhaul of the security of the area to ward off future attack of the outlawed group who takes delight in terrorising the people of Kogi in that area.

"The group will enter that axis of the state, raid markets, petrol filling stations and kidnapped residents, including robbing of shops and others.

"he group came back to Akpanya community on Sunday to raid our people again. Our security agents and other stakeholders, including vigilantes confronted them. They suffered heavy casualties. We lost a vigilante in the process",  said Omodara .

He said the state governor, Yahaya Bello has advised the people of the area to remain calm, assuring that everything is being put in place for a lasting solution to any in the area.

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