Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Gunmen shoot family of 13 dead in Kogi state

Gunmen have shot 13 members of the same family dead in Agbudu, Kogi-Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Fourteen people were killed in the attack, with six persons serious injured.

Ede Ayuba, State Police Commissioner, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the command headquarters in Lokoja, said he got the report about 2: 00 a.m.

Ayuba said that 13 of the slain victims were from same family.

“This morning around 2 am, my Area Commander called me to report that he received information that there was an attack on Agbudu community.

“I called the SSA on Security of the Local Government in Koton-Karfe and I said that before I get there, he should mobilise his vigilante men to assist the police – the DPO and the Area Commander in the area – for them to assess the place and see what assistance they could render.”

Ayuba said that the vigilance men and his men left immediately and by the time they got there, the hoodlums had carried out their operation and left.

The commissioner said he later went to the scene of crime and took part in collection of the dead bodies, adding that: “I was there and I was part of those who picked some of the dead bodies we are talking about.”

“Yes, 14 people were killed and about six others were fatally injured. The saddening thing is that out of the 14 dead bodies that were brought out, 13 were from one family.

“In that family, it is only one person that survived. His uncle, his mother, his uncle’s wife, his younger brother, his senior brother’s wife, his wife and all his children were killed,” he said.

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