Inspector killed as gunmen attack police station in Kogi

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Gunmen have attacked a police station in the Eika-Ohizenyi area of Okehi LGA, 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.

William Aya, Kogi police spokesperson, confirmed the attack in a statement shared with TheCable.

Aya noted that Edward Egbuka, Kogi police commissioner, has visited the scene of the incident, adding that additional operational assets have been deployed to the area.

“Meanwhile, part of the area command office was razed by dynamite used by the attackers,” the Kogi police spokesperson said.

“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, Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor, has directed the deployment of security personnel to the area.

“The executive governor of Kogi state has directed the office of the state security adviser to mobilize 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,” Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner of information, said in a statement.

“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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