On Friday, suspected gunmen attacked the Okehi Area Command for the Nigeria Police at Eika-Ohizenyi within the Okehi Local Government Area in Kogi State. One victim was Mr Jibril. He was identified as a police inspector.
This attack was the second in less than a month after the Adavi Police Station was attacked in June. Three police officers were also killed in the attack.
According to reports, seven gunmen stormed the station at the outskirts the community around midnight Friday. They opened fire on the station and destroyed a portion of it with a bomb.
Momoh Abubakar, a resident of the area, said City round that the attackers entered the station at 12:15 AM. He added that the bomb they dropped into the station produced a loud sound that awakened many residents. He said that the second bomb had brought down a portion of the station’s buildings.
Abubakar stated that the attackers worked for over two hours with no interference from residents or security personnel.
He claimed that Jibril was also killed, as the only officer on duty was killed, and the only vehicle that was operational at the station was destroyed.
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It was learned that the body of the victim was brought to Obangede General Hospital Mortuary.
Abubakar however stated that bullets penetrated windows at the Eika community’s central mosque and a Catholic Church near the police station during this attack.
He said, “I use the medium to appeal security agents to be proactive & respond quickly to this kind of incident because gunmen spent over two hours operating without interference. This attack was the second after five years. The first one took place Friday, and the second on Friday. To our surprise, no one has been arrested in connection to the attack.
“People living in the Eika community were afraid of being attacked by gunmen and stayed indoors. We appeal to government to shine its spotlight in this area, as the attack is becoming too much.
SP William Ovye Aya (state police spokesperson), stated that Edward Egbuka (Commissioner of Police), visited the site for an assessment and ordered the deployment additional operational assets to restore order in the area.
He said that the CP had ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and bring the perpetrators into evidence.