Islamic Cleric, Three Others Feared Dead in Kogi Blitz

Nigerian police, courtesy of local news.

By | Charles Nwoke, Lokoja, Nigeria

October 17, 2020

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About four persons have been confirmed dead, including a Chief Imam, in an attack on Okofi community in Kogi State.

It was gathered that the gunmen launched the raid while the worshippers were observing their early morning prayers.

This is happening, fewer months after a similar case that claimed an Imam and a good number of indigenes of the community. During the incident, the traditional ruler of the community fled for his life.

There have been reports of alleged misconceptions between Bassa and Ebira people of the state. A militia backing one of the groups is being fingered for the assault.

Seven lives were lost, and several others injured when unidentified hooligans invaded the same council area some days back. They had ambushed a vehicle conveying Bassa people back from the Lokoja market along the Kpareke-Agbudu- Agaga highway last weekend.

It is being speculated that the incident might be a reprisal attack. Consequently, the Government Secondary School, (GSS), Kotonkarfe had been shut down till further notice, according to reports.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP William Aya, said CP Ayuba Ede had deployed security operatives to restore normalcy in the settlement. He was however silent on the number of casualties.

“The DPO of the area is in the bush with his men. I have not been able to reach him to be able to ascertain the actual number of casualties. But I have it on good authority that the Chief Imam was killed also,” he clarified.

“The commissioner has already ordered an investigation into the matter to apprehend the perpetrators and make them to face the consequences of their action,” the spokesman added.