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Gunmen kill family of 13 in Kogi State

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Fourteen persons were hacked to death in the early hours of yesterday by gunmen at Agudu, a Bassa community in Kogi/ Kotonkarfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, while briefing journalists on the activities of his command, said 13 of the victims were from the same family. He added that six other persons, who sustained injuries, had been moved to hospitals for treatment.

Ayuba explained that on receipt of the distress call, he immediately moved to the scene, but the bandits had left before he got there with his men. According to him, normalcy has been restored to the area.

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The commissioner who said that the attack could have been triggered by an aged-long feud in the community, described the attack as unfortunate. “For a man to lose his life and 12 other members of his immediate family, leaving a son as survivor is a tragedy which calls for concern.”

The police chief further disclosed that the killers of the late Innocent Ofodile, owner of the popular Chuck’s Supermarket in Lokoja, who was brutally killed on Lokoja-Abuja road, had been revealed.

Ayuba explained that on receipt of discreet information on kidnappings and robbery incidents on the Lokoja –Abuja road, one Vincent Omogor was arrested and in his confession, he said his cohorts, now at large, killed Ofodile.

According to Omogor, the gang carried out the killing on the order of one of Ofodile’s shop attendants, who complained that he was not attended to by his boss when he approached him for financial assistance when his father died.

Parading 23 other criminals, the Command Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), William Aya, said the hoodlums were arrested in different parts of the state for armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping, possession of illegal fire arms and impersonation by wearing military camouflage to commit crimes. Others were nabbed for snatching of cars and motorcycles and being in possession of human skulls.

Items recovered from the hoodlums include one AK 47 riffle, seven locally fabricated pistols, one locally made Baretta pistol, one single barrel gun, ammunitions, four motorcycles, three Toyota cars and human skulls.

Aya disclosed that the command achieved the feat through synergy with the public who gave useful information that led to the arrest of the criminals.

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