IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA.
Ajaokuta Local government area of Kogi state has been thrown into a state of fear and apprehension, especially, with the frequency of bandits’ attacks, killing, and kidnapping of security operatives, Foreign nationals, and innocent citizens.
Gunmen again attacked the Ajaokuta local government area on Friday, killing two Police Inspectors, two expatriates working with the West African Ceramics Company, Ajaokuta, and two drivers of the Company.
Confirming the ugly incident, Kogi state Police Command in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya (SP), said 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, has visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.
According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police has equally ordered the deployment of additional operational assets consisting of Operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, and State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.
The Police spokesman disclosed that two expatriates, two Company drivers, and two Police Inspectors were killed in the exchange of fire with the attackers.
He explained that the Area Commander led a reinforcement team, comprising a detachment of Military in the area to the scene of the 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.
SP Aya said Commissioner Egbuka has tasked the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to commence investigations into the unfortunate incident, unravel the remote and immediate cause of the attack, and bring the perpetrators to book.