Gunmen Kill expatriate, policemen, workers in kogi, security agents launch manhunt for perpetrators

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— we are on top of the situation; Kogi state government

Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja

Gunmen on Friday night ambushed expatriates working with the West African Ceramic Company located in Ajaokuta in kogi state, killing one Indians, two policemen and two drivers, while unspecified number of persons were allegedly kidnapped

This is coming a week after
the killing of three Policemen and five Vigilantes by unidentified gunmen in Jida Bassa and the Wednesday kidnapping of three children in Kaduna Estate, in Ajaokuta Steel township complex in the same Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Guardian reliably gathered that the gunmen ambushed the company workers at about 7 pm and killed six occupants that were in the coaster bus which was conveying them to their various locations.

According to an eye witnessed account, the gunmen came with two vehicles and started shooting sporadically after killing the four occupants of the Coastal bus.

The sources said the fully armed gunmen then moved into the already demobilized bus and kidnapped some unspecified number of workers and took them away to an unknown place.

“The source said ” It is another black day for us in Ajaokuta. We are still mourning the killings of seven officers, and the kidnap of three Children. Now another tragic incident has happened again.

“The deceased and kidnapped victims where going back to their Niger bridge estate before they were ambushed. They are working with West African Ceramics. The Police officers exchanged gun fire with this criminals but unfortunately, two of them were killed alongside the two Indians and two drivers inside the vehicle.

The source gave the name of one of the drivers as Muhammed, adding that three foreigners were among those taken into the bush by this yet to be unidentified gunmen”.

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Confirming the attack on the expatriates and their police escorts, the kogi state Police Command said the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka, Visited the Scene of the incident and directed the deployment of operational assets, consisting of Operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.

In a statement by SP William Ovye Aya, kogi state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed that one expatriates, two Company drivers and two Police Inspectors died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums

“Consequent upon the attacks on expatriates of West Africa Ceramics Company Ajaokuta and Police escort at about 2000hrs of Friday 5th of August,2022, the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, *CP Edward Egbuka, psc (+)* has visited the scene for on-the-spot assessment and has equally ordered the deployment of additional operational assets consisting of Operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.

“Meanwhile, one expatriate, 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 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. He has further tasked 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.

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Reacting to the development, the Kogi state government while describing the attack on workers of Ceramic Company in Ajaokuta last night as unfortunate and condemnable, however said government and security agents are on top of the situation.

In a statement by Kingsley Fanwo,
Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the Police and other security agencies are currently combing the area to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act.

“Investigations are still at an early stage now. We will rely on those reports when they are clearer and ready to brief the public.

“As a Government, we have the capacity to rise to the challenge to defend our people. Security has been beefed up around the area and the affected company is cooperating with law enforcement agents to unravel the mystery behind the attack.

“We won’t succumb to the violence of criminals. We have been defeating the criminals before and we will defeat them again. Kogi is a no-go area to criminals.

•”We urge the people of Ajaokuta and indeed, Kogi State in general to go about their normal businesses as we have put in place, stringent security measures to ensure the safety of all. Government will spare no resource to ensure our cherished children are rescued alive and unhurt.

“The Governor is personally coordinating the rescue efforts in collaboration with the security chiefs in the state as well as local vigilante groups. There is already a massive deployment to the area to achieve results.

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” Let me reiterate it here once again that the ban on nose mask, brothels and shanties subsists. The measure was to give criminals no hiding place in our dear state. Hotels have also been directed to properly profile their guests as failure to do that will attract severe penalties.

“Our Taskforce and Operation Total Freedom will intensify surveillance to keep our dear state safe. We also urge the Federal Government to resuscitate the Ajaokuta Steel Project as some of the abandoned facilities and structures in the town harbor criminal elements.

” Great Kogi People, our heroics in Security under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello were made possible by your cooperation and taking ownership of the security plans of the Government. We have apprehended many criminals and averted many potential blood-bath situations as a result of your volunteering intelligence. We need to do more now to promote security without which there can’t be prosperity.

” Community leaders, political actors and everyone must plug into our security architecture and efforts at keeping our state safe. Be assured that the Governor is personally leading these efforts and from the front. To our friends in the media, we urge you to observe the rules of crime reporting and do everything possible to avoid sensationalism when reporting crime. A safe Kogi is the benefit of all, including the media.

“We thank members of the 4th Estate of the Realm for the cooperation so far and be assured that we will continue to cooperate with you as important pillars for the development of our dear state.




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