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Gunmen invade Kogi community, kill chief imam, worshippers



Yet to be identified gunmen early Thursday morning stormed Okofi community in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing three persons and injuring many others.


Sources said the gunmen numbering about five stormed the community mosque while Muslim worshippers were observing their early morning prayers around 5am.


According to an eye witnessed account, the chief imam of the mosques and several people were killed by the unknown gunmen.


However, as speculation of a reprisal attacks spread around the community, speculators point at the running battle between the Bassa and Ebira communities, as it is being figured that a militia of one of the tribes might have engineered the early morning raid.


A source disclosed that about seven persons had been killed and several others injured by unidentified gunmen along Kpareke-Agbudu-Agaga road of the local government area almost a week ago.


It was learnt that the unidentified gunmen that struck along Kpareke-Agbudu-Agaga road, ambushed a vehicle conveying some people believed to be of Bassa tribe who were returning from Lokoja market, and in the process about seven of the occupants of the vehicle were killed.


A report from the local government said government secondary school in Koton-Karfe had been closed down, as fear of more attacks from either group gathered momentum in the area.


Meanwhile, those that got injured from the said attack were rushed to Lokoja Specialist Hospital for treatment while security personnel were said to have been drafted to the area to forestall further attack.


According to the State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya, “the Commissioner of Police, Edeh Ayuba has directed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, to move to the area to avert further break down of law and order. We are yet to get information on the number of people that were killed.


“We don’t know those behind the attack but the CP has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation to commence investigation on the attack and ensure that the Police unravel those behind the attack.”


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