Gunmen kill imam, 4 others in Kogi
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.