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Couple, two others killed as gunmen ambush traders in Kogi

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Four persons were killed by suspected bandits while two others sustained various degrees of injuries in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The attack occurred at about 9 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Ofeapo along Idrisu -Bagana Road. 

The victims said to be traders were travelling in a Keke Napep when gunmen opened fire on them at a close range, killing four on the spot, while the two survivors were taken to a nearby medical facility.


According to reports, members of the community had to take cover to avoid the bullets of the bandits who were about 10 in number.

The bandits were fully armed as they targeted their victims returning to their various places after they had concluded business in the market.


Those who were killed including a couple, a woman and another male, were natives of Bagana but had to relocate to Abejukolo in the wake of the senseless killings in the communities.


Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP William Ayah, who confirmed the incident said at about 9 pm on Thursday night some armed robbers attacked marketers returning from Bagana market.

He said one person, a commercial tricycle rider was killed on the spot while two other passengers sustained injuries and are receiving treatment.


He noted that the commissioner of Police had deployed a team of tactical operatives to the area to restore normalcy, while an investigation is on with a view to trail the hoodlums and bring them to book.

Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Omala Local Government Area Traditional council, HRH Boniface Musa, the Ojogba of Ife condemned the dastardly act and prayed to God to give the family of the victims fortitude to bear the loss.

He decried the incessant attacks on the Bagana people by unknown gunmen, lamenting that this killing has taken the peace process back, at a time when all hands had been on deck for the safe return of the Internally displaced persons IDP to their homes.


He appealed to the state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to as a matter of urgency, wade into the lingering Bagana crisis that has killed tens of people and rendered many homeless.

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