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Nigeria News: Gunmen Kill Indian Expatriate, Policeman, Navy Officer, Abduct Several Foreign Workers In Kogi

  AUGUST 07 , 2022 | EASTERN PILOT Report By: Ijeoma OPARA | THE Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the killing of six persons, includi...



Report By: Ijeoma OPARA |

THE Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the killing of six persons, including two expatriates and two company drivers, along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road. Two policemen, who were escorting the expatriates to the West Africa Ceramics Company in Ajaokuta, also lost their lives in the attack, which occurred on Friday. The gunmen struck on Friday night, killing an Indian man, a policeman, a Nigerian Navy officer, and a driver, while kidnapping several other Indian workers.

Some gunmen suspected to be terrorists have invaded the West African Ceramic Company in Kogi State, killing at least four people and kidnapping several other foreign workers. The terrorists invaded the company located in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State at about 7pm on Friday and killed the four occupants that were in the coaster bus which was about to convey them to the various places, Nigerian Tribune reports.

According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen came with two vehicles and started shooting sporadically after killing the four occupants of the Coaster bus. The sources said the fully armed gunmen then moved into the premises of the company and kidnapped some other Indian workers and went away to an unknown location. However, the police in  A  statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Williams Aya, said military personnel had been deployed to the scene.

However, the statement noted that the gunmen escaped. “Two expatriates, two company drivers and two Police Inspectors died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the Area Commander and a detachment of Military in the area reinforced to the scene of incident, and the attackers fled. “The Commissioner of Police (CP) assures that the Command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic stakeholders to make the state a safe and secure place for all and sundry,” the statement said.

The statement also noted that investigations into the incident have commenced towards identifying and apprehending the attackers. “The CP has further asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to commence investigations into the unfortunate incident so as to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book, ” the statement further disclosed.

Kogi State has witnessed an increase in security challenges recently. In July, three police officers and five members of a local vigilante group were killed by gunmen in the Ajaokuta area council of the state.


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