Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Leaving 19 Dead and Homes Destroyed

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Tragedy struck in the peaceful communities of Agojeju Odo and Abejukolo, nestled within the Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State, as they fell victim to a brutal invasion by gunmen.

Reports emerging from the scene reveal a harrowing tale of violence and destruction, with at least 19 lives lost and an undetermined number of homes reduced to ashes. Eyewitnesses recount the horrifying events that unfolded on Thursday, describing a coordinated assault by the assailants, purportedly in retaliation for previous conflicts.

The assailants reportedly engaged in a protracted skirmish with Agatu militia in neighboring Benue State and expanded their aggression to target Agojeju Odo, Ajokpachi Odo, Bagaji, and surrounding areas, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake, including the destruction of vital farm produce.

One resident, mourning the loss of his wife and children, lamented the ruthless onslaught unleashed by the herdsmen, who accused the communities of colluding with their adversaries. Another local, preferring anonymity, appealed for urgent intervention from the state governor, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, and law enforcement agencies, citing the overwhelmed local police force.

In response to the escalating crisis, the State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the grim toll of 19 lives lost in the communal clashes. He further disclosed the deployment of police counter-terrorism units and military personnel to restore order and security in the embattled region.

The brazen attack underscores the urgent need for concerted efforts to quell violence and safeguard the lives and property of innocent civilians. As the affected communities grapple with the aftermath of this senseless act of brutality, swift and decisive action from authorities is imperative to prevent further bloodshed and facilitate the path to healing and reconciliation.

The resilience and solidarity of the people of Kogi State in the face of adversity serve as a beacon of hope amid these dark times. It is imperative that justice is served, and measures are implemented to prevent such atrocities from recurring, ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.


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