One officer was killed when gunmen detonated a bomb at the Police Area Command headquarters in Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi Local Government Area, Kogi State.
Friday, June 24 at approximately 12:15 a.m., seven shooters rushed the station on the fringes of the town, according to information received.
According to reports, the police inspector Jibril, also known as “yellow,” was slain instantaneously by the attackers.
Mallam Momoh Abubakar, a local resident who also talked with Nigerian Tribune, stated that the first bomb the attackers threw into the station created a loud noise that awoke many sleeping inhabitants, while the second explosion brought down a portion of the station’s building.
He stated that the attackers were able to operate for more than two hours without interference from security agents or community members.
According to him, during the fierce attack, bullets pierced the windows of the primary mosque of the Eika hamlet and a Catholic church near the police station.
“I am appealing to security officers to be proactive and respond fast to this type of situation because the shooters operated freely for more than two hours without intervention,” stated the resident.
“The first attack on the station occurred on a Friday, and the second incident, which occurred five years later, also occurred on a Friday. To our amazement, no one has been detained in connection with the attack.
“As I speak with you, there is a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty in the Eika neighbourhood, as residents have stayed indoors out of fear of being attacked by gunmen. “We are pleading with the government to shine its searchlight in this region because the assault has become intolerable,” he said.
Meanwhile, the deceased officer’s body has been transported to the mortuary of Obangede General Hospital.
SP SP William Ovye Aya, the spokesman for the State Police Command, confirmed the occurrence in a statement released on Friday, stating that the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka, conducted an on-site examination.
He stated that he has also ordered the deployment of extra operational assets, including members of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, and State Intelligence Bureau, to restore normalcy in the region.
The Commissioner of Police has informed him that the Command is dedicated to collaborating with other security agencies and patriotic stakeholders to create the State a safe and secure environment for everybody.