The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the killing, by unknown gunmen, of six persons, including two police officers, two expatriates and two company drivers, along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road. The two policemen were escorting the expatriates to the West Africa Ceramics Company in Ajaokuta.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Williams Aya, said that military personnel have been deployed to the scene.
The statement said said 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 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.”
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.