By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
Gunmen on Sunday evening launched an attack on the Okene Area Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Kogi State.
Kogi Command spokesman William Aya, confirmed the attack.
Aya, a superintendent of Police (SP), in a statement on Monday, explained that the gunmen launched the attack around 10pm.
He said the yet-to-be identified gunmen attacked the police formation with sporadic gunshots and explosives chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’.
He however added that personnel on duty repelled the attackers and gunned one of them dead.
“This forced the attackers to flee before the arrival of back up teams from the neighbouring divisions,” the statement added.
Aya said Kogi Commissioner of Police (CP) has ordered the immediate deployment of re-enforcement consisting of Counter Terrorism Units, Police Mobile Force, Intelligence team as well as Quick Response Unit along with the mlitary and other security forces, to Okene and environs.
Aya said that the team has been mandated to track and arrest the gunmen so that they can be made to face justice.
The statement quoted the CP as assuring law abiding citizen of the state of their safety, saying there is no cause for alarm.
The CP further said that the command in synergy with other security agencies in the state will ensure a safe and secure environment for all to go about their lawful activities.