Kogi Speaker condemn bandits attack on Church
Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole has today Sunday condemned the recent upsurge of banditry activities which has resulted in killing 2 and kidnapping of 3 people in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Council of the State.
The Speaker urged the residents to remain calm as the security agencies have been given matching orders to rescue those that were kidnapped and also apprehend the perpetrators.
Kolawole who is representing Kabba-Bunu State constituency at the Assembly, said all hands must be on deck to address the menace noting that Kabba-Bunu cannot be a breeding ground for banditry, adding that Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s success story in the security sector of the State cannot be rubbish in his constituency.
The lawmaker, while charging the security agents to curb the nefarious activities of the hoodlums, appealed to the residents to cooperate with the security agents in the area by reporting suspicious activity to the appropriate authority.
The Speaker sympathized with the families of the deceased and the people of Kabba community for the unfortunate incident and assured them that the perpetrators of the heinous act will be brought to book.
Recalled, barely a fortnight ago that some gunmen attacked the Kabba Correctional Centre in Kogi State, killing several security men and freed over 200 inmates.
Today Sunday in the morning, the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was also attacked by suspected bandits.
According to reports, the gunmen killed two, worshipers and abducted three others right inside the Church situated along the express road in Okedayo in Kabba .
According to the report, the bandits numbering about five, armed with AK-47 riffles, invaded the Church at about 8 in the morning shooting sporadically as they made their way into the Church premises.
The source disclosed further that some worshipers took cover, while others in an attempt to escape were kidnapped, and a worshiper who was on his way to the church for Sunday service was also killed as he ran into them.
The source also disclosed one of the persons that were killed has been identified as the Deputy Chief Security Officer of a higher institution in the area.
Confirming the incident to our Correspondent in Lokoja, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP William Ayah, said he was yet to confirm the actual number of persons abducted and those killed during the attack.
“I have just confirmed the attack from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area. But I am yet to confirm the actual number of deaths and those abducted. Some say two,, but we’re waiting for further briefing from those on the ground there. Ayah said.
Kogi State has of recent been rated the safest considering the insecurity situation across the country, because of the state Governor’s efforts in the fight against banditry and kidnappers.