LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – An unspecified number of people have been feared killed and a number of houses burnt after gunmen invaded communities in Oganenigu Ward of Dekina Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi State.
Hundreds of Gunmen launched their latest attack from a base in the neighboring Bassa LGA, Daily Trust gathered.
According to residents, the invaders stormed the communities very early on 2 April, shooting everyone in sight.
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Oganenigu Ward chairman, James Adah, was among those killed in the attack.
Many residents are said to have fled the communities in the wake of the assault even as it remains unclear what the reason behind the invasion was.
Though the Police Command in the state is yet to issue any official statement, the government has been reacting to the disturbing development.
In a statement on 3 April, Governor Yahaya Bello called for calm over the attacks, describing the occurrence as a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Oganenigu who have enjoyed relative peace and security for years.
“My administration will continue to phase out crisis entrepreneurs from the state and ensure that those involved shall be brought to book under the laws.”
Bello added that his administration would commit all possible resources to hunt down the criminals and make them pay for their crimes.
“The government will never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in its resolves to rid the state of criminals,” he added.