Unknown gunmen strike in Kogi again, kill two soldiers

by Isi Esene

The Kogi State governor, Idris Wada, yesterday ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the Central Senatorial District of the state. He announced this in a state-wide broadcast as a direct response to the killing of members of the Deeper Life Church in Okene on Monday.

The governor also announced the donation of seven Hilux vehicles to be shared among the police, State Security Service (SSS), and the military to ease their efforts in curbing the activities of insurgents perpetrating criminal acts in the state.

According to ChannelsTV, the governor also revealed that the state government would to take care of the medical bills of all those injured in the Deeper Life Church attack where twenty people have so far been confirmed dead.

The attack which was suspected to have been carried out by groups affiliated with the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, is one of the deadliest attacks recorded in the state.

The governor assured that the perpetrators of the crime will be apprehended and swiftly brought to justice.

Meanwhile, in another incident which happened on Tuesday, gunmen again shot and killed two soldiers in Okene Local Government Area of the state.

The commandant Army Headquarters Battalion in Lokoja, the state capital, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, said his men received a distress call in the LGA and responded to it.

The soldiers were reportedly ambushed by unknown gunmen who opened fire on the convoy on its way to the location of the call; an attack which claimed the lives of two soldiers.

He claimed one of the gunmen was killed but the militants succeeded in escaping with his body.

The incident happened just after the state governor, Mr. Idris Wada, left Okene after his visit to commiserate with the victims of the Deeper Life Church attack.

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