Residents of Kogi State live in fear as gunmen kidnap two chiefs, kill others


Residents of communities in Kabba town and Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, now live in fear after further kidnappings by unidentified gunmen in their areas, PM News reports.

Multiple kidnappings were reported on Friday in Kabba, seat of the Kabba-Bunu local government area, and in Lokoja, the state capital.

In the ancient town of Kabba where there was a series of kidnappings last month, rampaging gunmen killed one man and kidnapped four others, including two with chiefdom titles.

Some gunmen also abducted two people along Zone 8 to Crusher Road in Lokoja, the state capital.

In Kabba, the kidnappers first attacked the principal of Otu Egunbe primary school around Ayedun and took him away.

The director was reportedly on his way to the community of Egbeda for a program before being kidnapped.

The gunmen then proceeded to Kakun-Kabba where they killed a leader Raphael Tolufashe Asa and abducted his daughter.

Armed men who allegedly stormed the village at around 8:30 a.m. also kidnapped an Obamakun Maji chief and a Fulani man whose name has not yet been determined.

The gunmen contacted the families of the victims and demanded a ransom of N30 million as a collective fee to free the abductees, it was reported.

Kogi Police Command Police Public Relations Officer DSP William Aya, who confirmed the incident, said security personnel were mobilized to secure the release of the victims.

The round of kidnappings is the fourth in Kogi West as the region has witnessed a collapse in law and order in the past five weeks.

First, the attack on Kabba prison in which five people were killed and around 200 detainees were released.

Shortly after, three poultry farmers were kidnapped in some communities in Kabba.

In addition, there was the attack on the ECWA church during the Sunday service in the area.

A church member was killed while three others were kidnapped in the attack.

Chief Julius Oshadumo, a retired civil servant who was among those kidnapped, later died in a shootout between kidnappers and vigilantes who were on a rescue mission.

The worsening insecurity has forced locals and travelers to live in fear.


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