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Gun­men kill imam, 4 oth­ers in Kogi

- By Abubakar Sadiq Isah Nigeria News · Crime · Incidents · Kogi State · Lokoja

Armed men on Thurs­day in­vaded Okofi com­mu­nity in Kogi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kogi State and shot dead the Chief Imam, Hus­saini Mundi and four oth­ers in the area.

A res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity, sim­ply iden­ti­fied as Zubairu, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 5:50 am, shortly af­ter the Subhi (early morn­ing prayer) when the gun­men ar­rived at the com­mu­nity and started shoot­ing.

He said the Chief Imam

of the com­mu­nity’s cen­tral mosque was com­ing out of the mosque when the gun­men shot at him, adding that he died on the spot.

He said a boy and a girl who were in the back­yard of the com­mu­nity also died af­ter they were hit by bul­lets from the spo­radic shoot­ing by the gun­men.

"Also, two other adults who sus­tained bul­let wounds later died while be­ing taken to hospital in Lokoja," he said.

Zubairu said the gun­men im­me­di­ately es­caped af­ter car­ry­ing out the at­tack. He said the re­mains of the late chief imam had been buried af­ter fu­neral prayer at the palace of the Ohim­egye of IguKo­tonkarfe chief­dom, Al­haji Ab­dul­razak Isah Koto, in Ko­ton-Karfe town.

When con­tacted, the spokesman of the Kogi State po­lice com­mand, DSP Wil­liams Aya, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing three per­sons lost their lives in the early morn­ing at­tack at Okofi com­mu­nity in Ko­ton-Karfe Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

He said the state com­mand has com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the lat­est at­tack.

 ?? Photo: Adam Umar ?? Con­trac­tors re­con­struct­ing the Dut­sen Al­haji-Bwari road re­turn to site af­ter aban­don­ing the work for over six months.
Photo: Adam Umar Con­trac­tors re­con­struct­ing the Dut­sen Al­haji-Bwari road re­turn to site af­ter aban­don­ing the work for over six months.

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