A traditional ruler, with title of Madaki of Biroko, in Kogi State, Alhaji Mohammed Umar has been killed by unidentified gunmen who were said to have originally invaded Kpanche community in Bassa Local Government of the state in the early hours of today, Sunday. Also killed were four of the subjects of the traditional ruler.
The traditional ruler of Mozum community in the area, Alhaji Khalid Bukar told newsmen in Lokoja that the violence which started at Kpanche, spread to Ozugbe and Biroko, two villages under his domain.
He said that a number of houses in both villages were completely razed by unknown hoodlums while five persons were shot dead. The ruler said that one person, he simply identified as Musa, was also missing.
Bukar said that so many houses including that of the late Madaki were also razed by the invaders.
The traditional ruler said that he immediately informed security agents of the development but said that the damage was already done before their arrival.
Also the police, in an update on the incident, said that six of the bandits that invaded Kpanche earlier in the day were killed and not five as earlier announced.
The state police command’s spokesman, ASP William Aya said in a statement that 15 houses were also burnt down in Kpanche.
He said that upon receiving distress calls from residents, mobile policemen and soldiers were promptly dispatched to restore peace and order.
“On sighting the security personnel, they opened fire at them, but were vehemently resisted by the fire power of the security personnel where six of the attackers were killed.”
However, the release was silent on the attacks and killings at Ozugbe and Biroko communities.
Aya said that the Commissioner of police, Ali Janga has ordered a thorough investigation into the unfortunate incidents.
“He vowed to prosecute anyone linked to the attacks no matter highly placed so as to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Janga advised the affected residents of the affected community to remain calm as the security agencies are determined to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the state.