Gunmen attack police station in Kogi, Inspector killed

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Gunmen have attacked a police station in the Eika-Ohizenyi area of Okehi Local Government Area, Kogi State.

The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Friday.

During the incident, a police inspector was killed while a section of the station was damaged.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the attack in a statement.

Aya noted that the Kogi State Police Commissioner, Edward Egbuka, has visited the scene of the incident, saying the additional operational assets have been deployed to the area.

He said, “Meanwhile, part of the area command office was razed by dynamite used by the attackers.

“Sadly, a police inspector died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the area commander and a detachment of military in the area reinforced the scene of the incident and the attackers fled.”

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, has directed the deployment of security personnel to the area.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement, said, “The Governor of Kogi State has directed the office of the state security adviser to mobilise adequate security personnel and equipment to the affected area to ensure watertight security and restore confidence in the citizens as the state government implements an effective action plan to avert reoccurrence, while also working closely with the security chiefs in the state as well as the people in the affected area.

“We wish to appeal to residents of Okehi to cooperate with security agencies as necessary measures will be put in place to curb violent crimes in the area and also flush out the criminal elements bent on denting the security credentials of our dear state which is comparatively the safest in the country today.

“All the broadcast stations of the state have been directed to publicize the curfew for public enlightenment.”

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