Sol­diers at­tack sect in Kogi, kill 15

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Fif­teen peo­ple sus­pected to be in­sur­gents were killed yesterday when they en­gaged sol­diers in a gun bat­tle at Inike Street on the out­skirts of Okene in Kogi State, Daily Trust gath­ered.

It was gath­ered that the sol­diers who were act­ing on in­tel­li­gence, stormed a mosque lo­cated on the street to dis­lodge the sect mem­bers. The sol­diers de­cided to act af­ter ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion that some in­sur­gents were hid­ing so­phis­ti­cated weapons in the mosque. They were said to have ob­tained use­ful in­for­ma­tion from mem­bers of the sect who were ar­rested dur­ing an at­tack at the Lokoja of­fice of the SSS on Sept. 25, Daily Trust gath­ered.

Prob­lem started at about 5am yesterday when the sol­diers stormed the mosque to ar­rest them but they opened fire on the sol­diers upon sight­ing them, hit­ting one while the other sol­diers en­gaged them in a gun duel, burn­ing the mosque. Un­con­firmed re­ports said the soldier was lost in the op­er­a­tion.

Sec­re­tary of the Ebira Youth Congress, Baba Ab­dul­razaq, said Okene town re­mained rel­a­tively calm as peo­ple were on the watch out. Ac­cord­ing to him, many res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity have fled.

Kogi State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Em­manuel Ojukwu, said it was a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion and would not com­ment on it. Ef­forts to reach the army in Lokoja be­fore press time were fu­tile.

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