On Friday, January 10, gunmen attacked a police station at Eika community in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state, killing two policemen, a detainee and burned down the police station.
The governor who visited the scene of the attack vowed to quash the menace of terrorism in the state.
|Governor Bello of Kogi state today visited the police station that was attacked by gunmen|
Governor Bello of Kogi state today visited the police station that was attacked by gunmen in the early hours of the day.
The governor blamed the Boko Haram sect for the attack.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the governor said some Boko Haram sects have entered the state to perpetuate evil.
His statement read: “Security reports have revealed the existence of a microscopic Boko Haram cell in the central part of the State who escaped and made their way into Kogi State as our gallant soldiers in the North-East clamped down on and have them annihilated.
“Needless to say, the Kogi state government under His Excellency has been proactive on security as all security agencies in the state have been well equipped to tackle armed robbery and kidnapping in the state.
“This terrorist cell depend on proceeds they make from kidnapping to finance their activities. But unfortunately for them, their kidnapping activities have been hampered and greatly reduced by the police and other security forces in the central part of the state.
“By and large, the attack by this terrorist cell on Eika Police station in Okehi where two policemen and a community leader were killed is a fight back on the police force who have hampered their operations and means of making money through kidnapping to finance their terrorist activities.
Recall that the gunmen who invaded the police station at about 1 a.m. also killed the Chairman, Eika Community Development Association, Mallam Sadiq Obomi.
Premium Times gathered that the criminals who came in two vehicles were heavily armed and numbered about 10.
The state commissioner of Police, Abdulahi Chafe, confirmed the incident , promising to provide details later.
A resident of of the community said that the gunmen started shooting into the air as they made their way to the police station.
The operation was said to have lasted for almost two hours before the criminals fled.